At Routine, we honor the stories and people who inspired us in and out of sports. The communities that were built out of passion for a common goal. Today, that goal is to provide liberty and justice for all as we honor Juneteenth.
What is Juneteenth?
During the week of June 15th, 2021, the United States Government passed the Juneteenth national Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a national holiday, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.
Most people think that slavery ended when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, however, it actually wasn’t until June 19th, 1865. It was two years and five months after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed that an Union Army general announced the news of the proclamation to enslaved people in Texas.
The Juneteenth holiday is associated with the date June 19, 1865, and is honored every June 19.
When we first learned of Juneteenth it really set us aback. We started to ask whose Independence had we been celebrating each year on the 4th of July?
While American Independence Day is a holiday to recognize the United States severing its political ties from Great Britain in 1776, we must remember this was still a time when people were enslaved in the United States.
We honor Juneteenth to pay our respect to the lives lost, battles fought, and generations forever affected in order for all Americans to be free under the law.
We acknowledge the many people whose names we will never know and who were deeply afflicted by the trauma of slavery. We can never fully know the depths of the physical and psychological pain of which they endured.
Our work now is to learn and understand our fullest history and to not shy away from understanding the experiences that helped shape the United States to be what it is today.
We honor Juneteenth for its place in our nation’s memory as it serves as a reminder for progress.