American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. June 19, an African-American holiday commemorating the date in 1865 when many slaves in Texas learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863).
- Blend of June and nineteenth (Wiktionary)
“Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day celebration. 29 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, as well as the Congress of the United States.”
“Juneteenth is "the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States," and it celebrates the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas were finally told about their freedom.”
“The holiday is called Juneteenth because the official date falls in June somewhere between the 13th and 19th each year.”
“This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.”
“Starting in 1866, that spontaneous celebration -- commonly called "Juneteenth" -- began to spread and according to the Texas State Library,”
“It is not coincidental that, at the same time the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA) was holding its 20th Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas during the week of "Juneteenth" -- June 19th, the day in 1865 that slaves learned at the end of the Civil War that they were free the U.S.”
“The apology resolution passed on June 18, one day before "Juneteenth" -- "Emancipation Day" on the calendar of African-American obligations going back so far that most of us can't remember what it means.”
“That spontaneous celebration -- commonly called Juneteenth -- became prominent in many African-American communities, but never gained any official recognition.”
“Ten years ago, Random House released a novel called Juneteenth, a streamlined, much shorter and simpler version that retained the Hickman-Sunraider section but jettisoned the white reporter's story and all the variant chapters and the incomplete material.”
“One wonders how he would have perceived the hoopla surrounding his second "novel," Juneteenth (published this month by Random House), which was culled from more than 1,500 pages of Ellison's prose, whittled down to a single narrative and titled Juneteenth by Ellison's literary executor, John Callahan.”
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