If you were wondering what the colorful Google Doodle honored today but didn’t care to click on it, let me enlighten you.
Side note: I’m a Google Doodle geek ♥
In September 1962, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that “all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be forever free.”
However, the end of slavery was officially recognized in every state almost three years later. On June 19, 1965, the last group of slaves in the US was freed, when Union general Maj. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the emancipation of slaves. Texas had held over 200 black people enslaved after President Lincoln had signed the emancipation and it became law.
Today marks Juneteenth’s 155th year anniversary and now more than ever people are coming together to raise awareness – hence the Google Doodle- and commemorate this pivotal day for the African American community. Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been pushing to make June 19th, an official national holiday for two decades, She wants us to recognize the historical significance of this day and it seems that she’s one step closer to make that happen.
“So Juneteenth [June Nineteenth] is the acknowledgment and commemoration that there were slaves that lasted two more years and for them, it was a lifetime,” Jackson Lee said in an interview on CBS.
Although many of us didn’t know what Juneteenth meant or had never even heard of it, this year (2020) the entire world recognizes and celebrates a very significant moment in US history. 2020 has been on another level, hasn’t it? So much going on!
So, if you were not familiar with the blend of words go ahead and click on the Doodle as it is a fun tool to educate and inform ourselves about relevant things in human history.
By Cynthia Paola Bautista