What is Juneteenth and why is it important?

The history and human rights implications behind the hashtag that's trending on Instagram explained
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What is Juneteenth and why is it important?
Juneteenth explained by The Roots and Aloe Black

Although United States President Abraham Lincoln made The Emancipation Proclamation a presidential proclamation and executive order to emancipate all slaves on  22 September 1862, it wasn't until 19 June 1865 that the last of the slaves from freed in Texas.

American singer and philanthropist Aloe Black and The Roots will take it from here:

In Texas, 19 June is celebrated as a national holiday, and this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order recognising Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Furthermore, following the police killing of George Floyd, companies including Twitter, Square, Nike, Target and the National Football League have all declared Juneteenth a paid holiday for their staff.

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