It’s Juneteenth!


One of the links I put up at Crooks & Liars this morning is this explainer; I think we’ve used it before?

Growing up in Oakland, CA, I guess I always knew about Juneteenth as a celebration, but it wasn’t until later that I learned the history behind it. I honestly did not know that Texas had held on to slavery for 18 months or so after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The AP has a good story up this morning, it’s worth a read.

Anyway, at risk of cultural appropriation accusations, here’s my traditional recipe for Red Velvet Cake most years: Go to a Juneteenth celebration near you and buy a slice, listen to the music (there will be music, great music, often live), and work your way through the exhibits and educate yourselves. It really is a party!

You will never have a better, sweeter, or deeply appreciative bite of cake.

This year, because of the Trump Virus, there might not be a festival near you and/or you might still be sheltering in place (like me), so you could make your favorite chocolate cake and add a LOT of red food coloring.

UPDATES: Politico tells us:

TEXAS TRIBUNE: “U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will file bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday,” by Alex Samuels … THE HILL: “Group of Democratic senators to propose making Juneteenth national holiday”

[Keeping this on top today, fresher posts —if any— will be below.]

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9 Responses to It’s Juneteenth!

  1. Redhand says:

    “U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will file bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday,”

    Ya think he’s worried about November?

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  2. I was born in the late 50’s… I first learned of Juneteenth in 1999 when my then coworker invited me to a big Juneteenth party at her daughter’s house.

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  3. ali redford says:

    I get newsletters from the National Museum of African American History and Culture; they sent this link last night. I’d like to add it to this thread, please, as another resource: .

    “Date & Time
    Friday, June 19, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, June 20, 2020 (All day)
    African American History and Culture Museum
    Online; Internet connection required
    Event Type
    Celebrations, Culinary Arts, Kids & Families, Lectures & Discussions, Performances, Webcasts & Online
    No Registration Required” (snip; more info on this page)

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  4. roket says:

    Here’s an interesting note. Emancipation Day is actually a regional holiday. For example, In KY & TN Emancipation Day is celebrated on August 8th.

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  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Then there’s the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ ish treatment of Juneteenth by the Roots:

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  6. Heim says:

    Many of the residents of East Oakland came from the infamous Eighth Ward in Houston so would be well aware of Juneteenth.


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