AHRC Wishes All Americans A Pleasant Juneteenth Holiday

By American Human Rights Council (AHRC)
Click for Full Image Size

The American Human Council (AHRC-USA) joins all Americans, especially African Americans, in celebrating the 159th anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth,also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a federal holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth serves as a reminder that African American history is American history and without the history of African Americans the American story is incomplete. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom. Juneteenth is a day to recognize and honor the memory all the victims of slavery and to celebrate freedom and the achievements and contributions of African Americans to America.

Good citizenship requires awareness of one’s history. While American history is a history of a country that welcomed millions of people and gave them a better life, America is also a country that fell short of its ideals with groups of people such as Black Americans. Slavery is also American history. The end of slavery did not end de facto and de jure discrimination against African Americans. The struggle for equality and justice for all continues.

People across the world draw inspiration from the African American struggle.

Palestinians under the brutal, illegal, and immoral Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the ongoing genocide in Gaza are inspired by the African American struggle. African American icons are global icons. On the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank are many murals including one for Dr. Martin Luther King.

“Let’s take Juneteenth as an opportunity to educate ourselves about American history and use this knowledge to keep pushing for an America that is true to its ideals,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive