Slacker’s Syllabus: Juneteenth

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 19: People watch a parade taking place to celebrate Juneteenth on June 19, 2021 i...
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Local residents attend a celebration to mark Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States at Leimert Park, in Los Angeles on June 19, 2021.

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In 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday.

Juneteenth is the first national holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

It came after the summer of 2020 saw nationwide protests spurred by the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.

But what is Juneteenth about?

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