Juneteenth: A Day of Reflection and Unity
Today, we come together to honor and celebrate Juneteenth, a significant day in our nation's history. On this day in 1865, the remaining enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were at last informed of their freedom, signifying the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteenth, symbolizes not only the liberation of enslaved individuals but also the continuing fight for equality and justice.
Juneteenth is observed on the anniversary of Major General Gordon Granger's order announcing freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. In 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing it as a federal holiday.
As a school district, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive atmosphere that values diversity and encourages understanding.
In recognition of Juneteenth, we invite all members of our community to join us in honoring this significant day.