Entertainment Halle Berry, Lupita Nyong'o & More Celebs Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

02:26  20 june  2021
02:26  20 june  2021 Source:   etonline.com

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Celebrities and public figures are taking a moment to celebrate Juneteenth.

This holiday was named for, and is celebrated on, June 19 to commemorate the true ending of slavery in the United States. Earlier this week, days before this year's celebration, the House passed legislation after an unanimous vote and President Joe Biden signed a bill into law recognizing Juneteenth as an official federal holiday.

Social media was filled with celebratory and informative posts from people acknowledging the day.

"Happy #Juneteenth everyone! We’ve come so far — but we know we still have a long way to go," Halle Berry wrote, also asking people to share their Black-owned businesses to "highlight a few today."

Juneteenth, explained

  Juneteenth, explained The holiday’s 156-year history holds a lot of meaning in the fight for black liberation today.A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. But, woefully, this was almost two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as Juneteenth represents freedom, it also represents how emancipation was tragically delayed for enslaved people in the deepest reaches of the Confederacy.

While Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which only freed slaves in the South, the 13th Amendment is what officially ended slavery in the U.S. The holiday is looking a little different from most years. Millions of Americans took to the streets to protest racial injustice last summer in Around 1000 protesters celebrate in front of the state capitol in Phoenix, Ariz. after marching through downtown Phoenix in memory and celebration of Juneteenth , on June 19, 2020. Juneteenth celebrates the final liberation of African Americans from slavery in the United States in in Galveston, Texas, on June 19

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Lupita Nyong'o also posted a photo of educator and social activist Opal Lee, known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, on her Instagram.

"We owe deep respect to Ms. Opal Lee whose unwavering commitment is surely responsible for the Senate (finally!) passing a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday this week," the actress wrote in part. "I hope you’ll join me in thanking @TheRealOpalLee for her inspiring accomplishment, let alone at 94 years of age!"

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Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington and Michelle Obama also paid tribute in their own special way.

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  Juneteenth: What is the newest US holiday? The commemoration of the last enslaved black American being freed is now an official US holiday."I've only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honours I will have had as president," Mr Biden said at the signing event.

Celebs , including Tom Hanks & Pharrell Williams, honor the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

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"I love that Juneteenth is now an official federal holiday. A time to honor our past and those who’ve forged a path to our present. Which is why I’m excited to present #LiftEveryVoice, a collection of powerful interviews with a highly regarded older generation of Black Americans," Winfrey wrote. "Their experiences and wisdom can lead us to a better future if we’re open to receive it. What makes their stories even more poignant, is that young Black journalists and photographers captured their words and images in a spectrum of Black excellence."

See more celebrities and public figures celebrating Juneteenth, below:

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ET's Kevin Frazier recently spoke with Winfrey about what Juneteenth means to her, to which she replied, "It means freedom, it means liberation in the true sense, it means prayers answered, it means hope, it means the ability to move forward, it means life choices, it means god given rights. That's what it means."

She added that the holiday is a reminder to reflect on where she's come from, what she's achieved and overcome. "

"If they could survive that -- being enslaved and coming out of the enslavement and creating a life and not losing your mind and still being able to love and build families -- if they could do that then there is nothing, nothing we cannot do," she stressed. "That is what it means to me. It is a reminder [to] look how far you've come and there's nothing you cannot do."

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At least eight people were fatally shot and dozens were injured during parties or gatherings on or related to the Juneteenth holiday injured in seven parts of the country, according to officials and local reports. Shootings on Saturday – a newly declared federal holiday honoring Juneteenth – were reported during events in Colorado, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and South Carolina, among others, with at least 33 wounded, according to authorities and multiple reports.

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