Black Community Members Celebrate Juneteenth

Thousands of African Americans throughout the country gathered to honor the end of slavery

Juneteenth is a long-celebrated holiday which has gained a lot of supporters so far across the country.

Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth marked the end of slavery in Texas.

On June 19 hundreds of residents gather for the annual Juneteenth Festival to celebrate the commemoration of the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

The retired Philadelphia schoolteacher Daisy Century, inspired by a leading abolitionist Harriet Tubman, presented a historical reenactment of her courageous journey from slavery in Maryland to freedom in Pennsylvania. The Juneteenth parade attracted a great number of Buffalo Soldiers uniform-clad reenactors who marched throughout the historic area of Germantown.

Festivals are held in many cities and states of the U.S. and the organizers are more than ever sure that the celebration is needed to educate the young Blacks on their past.

Despite slavery was abolished a long time ago, racial profiling continues to be a problem even today. Black people are targeted by the police. The War on Drugs has incarcerated a high number of African Americans who are more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than Whites. Thousands of prison inmates serve their time for non-violent crimes. Corporations exploit cheap prison labor to cut their manufacturing costs.

The list goes on and we must continue to fight for justice and equality.

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