The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth, Smithsonian Institution

June 19, 2020 is Juneteenth. Because the current call for social justice in the U.S. after the George Floyd murder, there has been more attention given to the holiday which commemorates the date of June 19, 1865 when slaves in Texas were freed as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation issued January 1, 1863.

Read more from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture here.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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