Juneteenth (June Nineteenth) marks the date in 1865 when the news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. On this day, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, nearly 250,000 enslaved people were freed. Although America’s history has and continues to be blemished with senseless acts of violence, brutality, and inequality toward the Black community, today, Juneteenth serves as a national day of remembrance and honor. And in a historic moment, on June 16th, 2021 the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Through joyful celebrations and soulful traditions, Juneteenth allows us to make space to pay homage to our ancestors by acknowledging their struggles and perseverance. And at the center of these celebrations are an expansive range of soulful recipes with deep-rooted histories as rich and diverse as the Black experience itself.