June 19, 2022
United Way of Pennsylvania
Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free. This happened a whole two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery, was signed by Abraham Lincoln. Despite being widely celebrated by African American communities for many years, Juneteenth was only recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 after President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

United Way of Pennsylvania encourages everyone to observe Juneteenth as a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. This is also a good time to engage in self-reflection, self-development, and continuing to learn about ways we can support traditionally marginalized communities.

Check out the resources below to learn more about Juneteenth and how to celebrate!
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