Dr. Patti O’Brien-Richardson reflects on Juneteenth history in PGCT Video

June 20, 2023

Dr. Patti O’Brien-Richardson reflects on the recent Juneteenth holiday, which was deemed a national holiday in 2021. She explains that the holiday is considered the longest running African-American holiday and has been called America’s second Independence Day. News came to Galveston Texas on June 19, 1865 and enslaved black Americans in Texas began celebrating this day known as “Jubilee Day.” It’s also been known as Black Independence Day or Freedom Day. June 19th came to be a day of shared commemoration across the United States.

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