happy 3rd birthday to jo giselle! i can’t believe i’ve been curating vibes for your ears for the past 3 years…. but most importantly, happy juneteenth!
if you’re reading this and have no idea what juneteenth is, that’s ok. juneteenth is celebrated on june 19th to commemorate the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the united states; specifically in gavelston, texas.
i originally learned about juneteenth the summer before my senior year in high school. i had gotten a D my first semester in AP u.s. history so i had to retake it in summer school. for those that don’t know, i attended high school in a beautiful beach city in california called pacific palisades. i was bussed out there with many other inner city kids. however, that summer i was at my home school, crenshaw high school to take chemistry and u.s. history.
my u.s. history teacher that year was native american and black. i can’t remember her name, but it was in her class that i learned about juneteenth. it was also at that time that i wondered why it wasn’t a nationally celebrated holiday like july 4th.
fast forward to 2020. i’m glad to see that because of the fight against police brutality and anti-blackness has woken many people up to want to celebrate this holiday. because it should be celebrated. so today i want to give everyone a taste of black excellence.