June 19, 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas finally received word: They were free.
Black communities in Texas and beyond annually celebrate this day, Juneteenth, which officially became a federal holiday in 2021.
Freedom is a thread, and a fight, woven through this nation's history and current political climate. Continue to take action to celebrate and ensure true freedom for all through awareness of racial disparities, mobilization, and bold actions necessary to further the fight for social justice and equal opportunity.
Student debt is a civil rights issue, and equitable education and economic opportunity for all Black people is vital for our communities.
Urge President Biden to take executive action to cancel federal student loans at a minimum of $50,000.
Ensure elections are free of barriers for all eligible voters by supporting the need for dedicated resources to guarantee that all communities — especially those systematically left behind — are included.
Advocate for the protection of our voting rights.
There is a need for fair working conditions, economic security, and healthy economic conditions to help Black families grow in their communities.
Sign our petition to support an inclusive economy for Black America.
For many across this nation, Juneteenth signifies a momentous occasion that brings to light the sobering past of America.- Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP
Juneteenth and Onward
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