Juneteenth: An opportunity to celebrate progress but also recognize where more work can be done
Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas and declared the war had ended and the enslaved were free. (President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was delivered two and a half years earlier, but it had not been enforced in Texas prior to the Union regiment’s arrival.)
Earlier this month, the White House hosted a panel discussion on race relations. Black leaders and media personalities from across the country were invited to participate, highlighting and sharing many important points on issue areas ranging from education to criminal justice reform.