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AAFS celebrates Juneteenth: African American Independence Day

AAFS celebrates Juneteenth: African American Independence Day

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is proud to celebrate Juneteenth (June 19), African American Independence Day, a day regarded as the oldest national celebration of African American liberation in the United States.

Juneteenth marks the day that the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom in 1865. Although you won’t see it on many calendars or acknowledged in mainstream media, June 19th is an African American Independence Day. We recognize Juneteenth as a historic day of freedom for African Americans and their ancestors who were enslaved in the United States. AAFS believes in recognizing and rectifying historical injustice through changing the narrative and increasing dialogue about Juneteenth.

We believe Juneteenth advances equality in our communities by valuing African American Independence equally and honoring their independence with the same vigor that we honor other important days.

Learn more about Juneteenth:

#HistoryMatters: Health & Medicine to Celebrate Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth? Links, Resources, and Local Celebrations

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