On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gorgon Granger and the Union soldiers spread the news at Galveston, Texas that the American Civil War was over and that the enslaved were free. General Granger read to the people of Texas General Order Number 3, which states:
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."
Also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth started as a Texas holiday but is now celebrated throughout the country. In honor of this important day, we're sharing which celebrities taking to social media to engage fans about the holiday.
Along with an Instagram post, singer-songwriter Usher wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post for Juneteenth. Read it here.
Happy Juneteenth 🤎— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) June 19, 2020
This #Juneteenth, it’s important more than ever for us to know and commemorate this day in history. As we celebrate the end of slavery in the United States, let’s continue to reflect, learn, and show our support for Black communities every day. https://t.co/w1dLFcapfS pic.twitter.com/yjX5GaqKwY— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 19, 2020
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith hosts a special Red Table Talk for Juneteenth.
A black man inspired me to be an actor. Another black man changed the course of my career. A black woman raised me when my mother was too ill. Another black woman cared for my mother 17 years, holding her hand at her death. There is no me without them. ❤️ #BLM #Juneteenth— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) June 19, 2020
Fenty Beauty - Rihanna
This #Juneteenth, we celebrate the Coloured Hockey League. Founded in Nova Scotia in 1895, the league was formed by the sons and grandsons of escaped slaves, whose innovations helped create hockey as we know it today. pic.twitter.com/tBmoSoxrNB— NHL (@NHL) June 19, 2020
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