"Juneteenth is fast on its way to becoming America's next nationally recognized holiday. Originating in Galveston, Texas, forty-six states and the District of Columbia currently recognize Juneteenth as a ceremonial observance, with Texas adopting Juneteenth as an official paid holiday for state employees. Juneteenth commemorates the day when slavery was officially ended in the United States, on June 19th, 1865, with a proclamation by Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas. The following year, freed slaves in that state organized the first of what became the annual celebration of Jubilee Day on June 19th. Juneteenth, also sometimes referred to as America's second Independence Day, is the longest-running African-American holiday in the US. Activities to celebrate the event include: public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, the singing of traditional songs, cookouts and barbeques, picnics, rodeos, historical re-enactments, street fairs, family reunions, blues festivals and prayer services, and the giving of gifts and greeting cards.
The Best Card Company has a beautiful, joyful, triumphant greeting card for you to give to all of your Black friends, family members and coworkers, and anyone else celebrating the jubilant festival. Featuring African patterns and colors, the bright, bold, high-spirited notecard depicts the chains of oppression being broken and freedom ringing out for one and all. It represents one great way to honor the historical righting of wrongs, honestly acknowledging a dark chapter in American history at the same time, while encouraging the current-day social justice movement to keep pushing forward for true and lasting equality and a society free of racism. As Juneteenth gains more and more mainstream attention, wider awareness and probable eventual national recognition. "