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Honoring African American Heritage: How to Celebrate Juneteenth Meaningfully

Juneteenth is the most famous celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, and some folks see it as America's second Independence Day. However, the history of this important celebration is quite intricate and sometimes not fully understood.   The Origin and Name of Juneteenth "On the eve of freedom, or "Freedom's Eve," as it came to be known, was December 31st in 1862. This was when the first Watch Night gatherings took place. During this picture-perfect night, African Americans who were enslaved and also those free assembled themselves at prayer houses - both la...