"Juneteenth Quotes" refers to a collection of insightful and powerful statements that capture the essence and significance of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. These quotes serve as a reminder of the enduring struggle for freedom, justice, and equality, while also celebrating the resilience and triumph of the African American community.
They often highlight the importance of education, unity, and the continuous fight against racial oppression. Juneteenth quotes inspire reflection, education, and action, encouraging individuals to honor the past, embrace the present, and work towards a future where equality and liberty are truly realized.
Below are various juneteenth quotes with their meanings/explanations;
“The end of slavery in the British West Indies in 1834 became one of the most widely celebrated Freedom celebrations in the 19th century; again, preceding Juneteenth.” – Jarvis Givens
In 1834, the British West Indies became one of the most widely celebrated Freedom celebrations in the 19th century. This was preceded by Juneteenth, which took place on November 3, 1833. The celebration was motivated by the end of slavery in the British West Indies. As a result, freedom became an important topic for many people in the region.
“At this point I’m in my bag/I had to Diddy Bop Writing this on Juneteenth/Let the glizzys pop – Rambo
Diddy Bop has been known for his glizzy persona, and although he's not done with his new album release, it seems that he's ready to take off. The rapper releases his latest album Juneteenth on June 14th, but before that, he'll be hitting the road for some shows. This year, Diddy is expecting some major success with his new album and tour.
“Juneteenth may mark just one moment in the struggle for emancipation, but the holiday gives us an occasion to reflect on the profound contributions of enslaved Black Americans to the cause of human freedom.” – Jamelle Bouie
For many white people, Juneteenth meant little more than a day to celebrate the emancipation of slaves. To enslaved Black Americans, it was an important holiday that marked a moment in the struggle for emancipation. Juneteenth was also an occasion to reflect on the profound contributions of enslaved Black Americans to the cause of human freedom.
“June 19th reminds me that I am the force of power to change this world and to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors to work towards liberation.” - Mariah Cooley
On June 19th, the International Labor Day, organizations and individuals all over the world commemorated the anniversary of the international labor movement and its work towards liberation from colonialism and capitalism. This year, too, many people took to the streets to demand change in their countries and the world. The labor movement is still working hard to fight for better wages and working conditions, but it has been fighting against larger obstacles like corporate greed and imperialism.
“A combination of the words “June” and “19th” - Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of emancipation of enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.” –Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
On Juneteenth, 1865, the day after Texas emancipated its slaves, the state's legislature passed an act recognizing the event. The Proclamation of Independence announced that all slaves in Texas were free. This holiday celebrates the achievement and history of emancipation in Texas.
“Juneteenth was a promise that was broken. Reconstruction failed and this country has continued to wage war on the Black body” – Obrian Rosario, Activist
Juneteenth was a celebration the day in 1865 when slaves were emancipated and allowed to attend public ceremonies. However, Reconstruction Failed and this country has continued to wage war on the Black body. The day was only a symbol of hope, but it has essentially been replaced by holidays like Juneteenth that celebrate white supremacy and the Confederacy.
“Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one define the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday [Juneteenth].” – Texas Rep. Al Edwards
It is a passing of time that we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That is why we need to be proactive in our lives and make sure that our younger generation knows the importance of history and how it shapes our lives today.
“Juneteenth is a date that recognizes the end of slavery in the United States.” – Bethel Kyeza
On Juneteenth, slaves in the United States were given their freedom and allowed to celebrate their emancipation. This day is celebrated by many in the United States, as it is a reminder of how much progress was made during the fight for emancipation.
“Although Juneteenth is not a day that is celebrated in the UK, it is still a reminder of the injustices black people endured.” – Bethel Kyeza
Although Juneteenth is not a day that is celebrated in the UK, it is still a reminder of the injustices black people endured throughout history. Juneteenth is an annual celebration that takes place on July 4th to remember all the African Americans who have died in America.
“The 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they were free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former enslaved person
In 1865, the American Civil War ended with the Union's victory. As a result of the war, slaves in the South were freed and allowed to return home. However, this event was not exactly when African Americans were finally "free." This date, which is often celebrated as the day slavery was abolished in America, actually happened on July 4th.
“Juneteenth represents liberation and it belongs to us. It is a constant reminder that Black freedom is predestined, that only we can tell our stories and that there is no freedom, without Black freedom.” - Dannese Mapanda
Black Americans celebrate Juneteenth each year as it symbolizes freedom and liberation. This anniversary is a constant reminder of the powerful connection that Black Americans have to our history, culture and future. Only we can tell our stories and make sure that Juneteenth represents our collective hope for a brighter future.
“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible - and there is still so much work to do.” – Barack Obama
Since Juneteenth was first commemorated in 1865, it has been a celebration of progress. It is an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, we have arrived at a better place. Juneteenth has always been a celebration of progress, and it will continue to be so long as we remember and embrace the countless moments of unity and progress that have taken place since the day Juneteenth was first commemorated.
“But we celebrate Juneteenth, pour libations, drinks in rotation.” – Swaun Blaze
On July 3, 1865, African Americans in the United States of America revolted against their white masters by celebrating the day of freedom and rebellion. This day is celebrated annually as Juneteenth, or "Emancipation Day." This holiday commemorates the end of slavery in America and the beginning of a new era of freedom for all races.
“Juneteenth allows us to remember how far black people have progressed since and it is a reminder of the strength we have within us.” – Bethel Kyeza
On Juneteenth, we remember how far black people have progressed since the end of the Civil War. It is a reminder of the strength we have within us and how far we have come. This celebration allows us to reflect on our progress and how far we still must go.
“One of the things it’s important to realize is that Juneteenth is not the first commemorative event of its kind for Black American people.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
Juneteenth is not the first commemorative event of its kind for Black American people. However, it is one of the most important and representative events of that genre. The holiday celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in America and helps to remember the contributions that black people have made to both society and culture.
“Words of Emancipation didn’t arrive until the middle of June so they called it Juneteenth. So that was it, the night of the Juneteenth celebration, his mind went on. The celebration of a gaudy illusion.” - Ralph Ellison, Author
On June 19, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated and the U.S. Civil War ended. In honor of Lincoln's death, Republicans in the North celebrated Juneteenth by holding a Juneteenth parade on the evening of June 18. The celebration was short-lived, as Confederate General Robert E. Lee announced that he would begin fighting again soon and planned to celebrate Juneteenth in his own way.
“ I am humbled to share in the legacy of Juneteenth and understand that this becomes my fight to continue.” – Brianna Taylor
When Juneteenth was first celebrated and we realized it had the potential to become a nationwide movement, we knew it would be an uphill battle. We are humbled to share in the legacy of Juneteenth and understand that this becomes our fight to continue. The celebration is a reminder of what can be possible when people come together to fight for their rights and aspirations. This week, we commemorate Juneteenth by continuing the fight for black freedom and democracy.
“Buy land, own a house, Redline representer, Juneteenth, turn ya out.” – Big K.R.I.T
It seems as though everyone is talking about the same thing these days: buying land, owning a house, and redlining. The topics of housing and economics seem to be constantly being brought up in conversations, and some people seem to think that it’s the best way to live.
“Juneteenth means so much to me. It represents the freedom that my ancestors fought so tirelessly for. But rather than focusing on the brutalization of my people then and now. I choose to focus on hope.” – Mariah Cooley
Juneteenth means so much to us because it represents the freedom our ancestors fought so tirelessly for. However, rather than focusing on the brutality of our people then and now, we should be looking at how we can help Juneteenth become more meaningful to all of us. By doing this, we can help to ensure its continued existence and benefit for future generations.
“The proclamation notes that freedom shall not be repressed. This is what I believe to be the primary significance of Juneteenth.” – Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
The emancipation of slaves in the United States was proclaimed on April 6, 1865, by President Abraham Lincoln. The proclamation declared that "all men are created equal" and stated that "the negro is not a natural or social member of the human family." The proclamation also called for the gradual emancipation of all slaves in the United States. This proclamation had a big impact on the world because it signified the end of slavery in America.
“Juneteenth is special to me because as a Caribbean diasporan, I find inspiration in the idea of ancestors overcoming tyranny.” – Mallory Luz Romero Sankofa
Caribbean diasporan Juneteenth is special to me because as a Caribbean diasporan, we find inspiration in the idea of ancestors overcoming tyranny. For us, Juneteenth is an anniversary to honor our ancestors and remember the struggles they faced in order to create a better future for their descendants. This holiday celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery and provides a reminder that there are still many challenges faced by people of color around the world.
“Juneteenth is greater to us than a Fourth of July or Christmas because it represents our culture, resilience, and deserving respect from a country WE built.” - Nia White
As Americans, we take pride in our country and the flag that flies above it. We celebrate the Fourth of July as a day to mark the end of the year and to express our love for our flag and country. We also celebrate Christmas, which is a religious holiday that is celebrated by many people across the United States. But Juneteenth is a more important holiday for us because it represents our culture, resilience, and deserving respect from a country WE built.
“As Black people, we are told we don’t deserve our own holidays rooted in our own history. Everything is whitewashed. Juneteenth is for us.” – Tanesha Grant
Every year, on Juneteenth, we celebrate our own history and culture. It's a day to reflect on how far we've come and to celebrate our own identity. But some people in black communities say that Juneteenth is not for us. They argue that it celebrates white supremacy and racism. Juneteenth is celebrated around the world, and it's important for all people to learn about the history behind it.
“History class ain’t tell us about Juneteenth /Cops don’t give a damn about a negro Pull the trigger, kill a negro, he’s a hero” – Public Enemy
On Juneteenth, 1865, African Americans in the United States were granted full civil rights by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This event is sometimes remembered as the end of slavery in America. However, historians have preached against celebrating Juneteenth for many years now because it reeks of white supremacy and bigotry.
“That’s why the only blue we salute is to Nipsey/Juneteenth barbecue at the precinct/ Hanging by the pigtails” – Malik Yusef
The only blue we salute is to Nipsey Juneteenth barbecue at the precinct. This event happens each year on the first Saturday of July and it is an important part of the African American community. The event is a celebration of life, culture, and history.
“Juneteenth to me means a lot. When we think about the African Diaspora and the history rooted in America and freedom for African Americans it serves a reminder that there are people before us that have fought for liberation.” – Fatima Cham, Activist
When Nipsey Juneteenth BBQ is mentioned, it always brings back strong memories for me. This event is extremely important to me because it signifies the end of an era for African Americans in America. Juneteenth means "the nineteenth day of November," and this was the day that African Americans were able to obtain legal emancipation from slavery. This day also served as a rallying cry for African American resistance against discrimination and segregation.
“Juneteenth is a holiday that allows for citizens to increase their critical understanding of racial hierarchy in America.” – Mallory Luz Romero Sankofa
The holiday of Juneteenth is a day that allows for citizens to increase their critical understanding of racial hierarchy in America. The holiday was created in 1861 to help increase public awareness of the existence of race in America. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of African Americans and helps to promote open dialogue about race in America.
“Juneteenth reminds me of Black freedom dreams, my freedom dreams. In 1865, in the port city of Galveston, Texas, or the land formerly known as Mexico as I call it, where so much blood, Indigenous blood, Mexican and Tejano blood, and Black blood had been shed, there was a freedom ring that was heard across the world.” – Danesse Mapanda
In 1865, Galveston, Texas was the site of a bloodbath as competing African Americans and Hispanics fought for control of the city. The United States had just won the war against Mexico, driving out their centuries-long rule. The defeat at San Antonio gave African Americans in Texas the opportunity to celebrate what they saw as their own liberation. Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of that day, when black Texans came together to remember and celebrate their own freedom.
“The 4th of July was never about Black people. Juneteenth is just for us.” – Tanesha Grant
On July 4th, the United States of America celebrates its Independence from Great Britain. The holiday is celebrated by many different groups, including African Americans, Latinos, and others. Juneteenth is just for us! This holiday is not about celebrating our black heritage, but about celebrating our nationality.
“Juneteenth symbolizes the hope that my children and grandchildren will be free. It’s Black Joy and Black tenacity to survive.” – Tanesha Grant
On Juneteenth, which is observed on July 4th in the United States, black Americans commemorate the end of slavery and its negative effects on African American race relations. The holiday celebrates the hope that our children and grandchildren will be free. This holiday is a time for black Americans to come together and share the joy that Juneteenth symbolizes. Black tenacity to survive is what drives this holiday.
“So I think that people at a national level looking to Juneteenth and celebrating and commemorating it is a good thing, because it can open up conversation and create platforms and opportunities for people to have more pointed discussions around these histories.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
People who celebrate Juneteenth are doing so in order to open up conversation and create platforms for positive change. Juneteenth is a day to remember and commemorate the emancipation of black slaves in America. It can open up conversations about race and history, which can lead to positive change. Celebrating Juneteenth can help to open up these discussions and create opportunities for positive change.
“Juneteenth is another moment for me and my loved ones to build an archive of truth and experience of (ourselves) Black folks.” - Tatiana Glover
This year, Juneteenth is another moment for me and my loved ones to build an archive of truth and experience of our Black folks. This year, we are celebrating Juneteenth as a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved black people in 1865. On this day, we remember that we are not alone and that together, we have faced many challenges and overcome many odds.
“The holiday of Juneteenth, like all black civic practices, has been a critique of the fact that whiteness continued to be a metonym for citizenship.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
The holiday of Juneteenth, like all black civic practices, has been a critique of the fact that whiteness continued to be a metonym for citizenship. The holiday celebrates the day when African Americans were given their own day in the calendar to celebrate their own history and culture. However, this celebration was often overshadowed by the commercialism and white supremacy that characterized much of American society at the time.
“Today on Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the end of slavery, the day we memorialize those who offered us hope for the future and the day when we renew our commitment to the struggle for freedom.” – Angela Davis, UC Berkley Professor
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the end of slavery, to honor those who offered hope for the future, and to renew our commitment to the struggle for freedom. This day is also a day for reflection on how we can move forward together as a nation.
“Juneteenth is tied to the story of enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learning that they had been emancipated, close to two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had formally been put into place.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
It is impossible to know exactly when Juneteenth was born, but it is tied to the story of enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, who were emancipated two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is an annual observance that commemorates this history and celebrates the emancipation of African Americans.
“Juneteenth gives us another way to recognize the central place of slavery and its demise in our national story. And it gives us an opportunity to remember that American democracy has more authors than the shrewd lawyers and erudite farmer-philosophers of the Revolution, that our experiment in liberty owes as much to the men and women who toiled in bondage as it does to anyone else in this nation’s history.” - Jamelle Bouie
Since the Juneteenth celebration is a holiday to remember the end of slavery in America, it has become an opportunity to come together and talk about how we can move forward from this pastime. This holiday provides an opportunity for us to remember that slavery was a sad and shameful era in our national story. It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the atrocities that were committed against black Americans during this time.
“The American education system has taught us as children that Black people have a history of pain and survival. They have failed to teach us our history in joy, success, innovations and so much more. Juneteenth is a reclaim on our history that has been stolen.” – Nia White
The American education system has taught us as children that Black people have a history of pain and survival. They have failed to teach us our history in joy, success, innovations and so much more. This is a problem because it sends the wrong message to black people. And it's not just kids who are being taught this way. Officials at the state and local levels, as well as the media, are perpetuating this false perspective.
“Juneteenth is important to me because till this day black people are still subject to racial injustice on a global scale, and are still victims of racial abuse regardless of where they are from.” – Bethel Kyeza
Since the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth has been an important holiday for African Americans all over the world. This holiday celebrates the emancipation of African Americans from slavery and their right to enjoy free citizenship. It is also a day to remember the injustices that black people have faced since then, such as racism and discrimination in education, work, and everyday life.
“Juneteenth simply was not part of my K–12 educational experience.” – Theodore Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
It is hard to believe that the day Juneteenth was removed from our educational experience was over a hundred years ago. To some, it may be remembered nostalgically as a time when slavery was abolished and all black people could finally be equals. To others, Juneteenth may be more widely remembered as a day when black people were segregated from white people and were not given the right to vote or own property. Regardless of its legacy, Juneteenth still remains an important day in American history.
“Juneteenth also embodies the resilience of Black people. Even in the face of a broken system, we choose to find joy in resistance and celebrate in community.” – Obrian Rosario, Activist
In the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated on the 18th of June as a day to commemorate the end of slavery and the emancipation of African Americans. This holiday also embodies the resilience of Black people, even in the face of a broken system. Despite being faced with discrimination and violence, Black people continue to rise up and fight for their rights. This holiday shows that there is still hope for black communities across America, despite division and racism.
“Juneteenth - celebrates the end of the enslavement of people of African descent, primarily in the states of the former Confederacy. But it is also significant to the legal history of this country.” – Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
Juneteenth is an event that celebrates the end of the enslavement of people of African descent in the United States. The day is also significant to the legal history of this country because it is when slaves who were born in the United States were finally allowed to become citizens.
“Juneteenth is an opportunity for America to better understand that the Emancipation Proclamation, although significant, was not the true marker of Black freedom.” – Mallory Luz Romero Sankofa
In 1865, the United States used the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery in all of the United States. However, much has changed since that time. Juneteenth is an opportunity for America to better understand that the Emancipation Proclamation was not the true marker of Black freedom.
“The Emancipation Proclamation is significant because it legally ended slavery in the United States.” – Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
The Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863, is significant because it legally ended slavery in the United States. The proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and it helped to bring about change within the United States. Along with this change, the proclamation also helped to increase the number of free people of color living in the United States.
“Juneteenth, short for June 19, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.” –Regina Berry, University of Central Florida Professor
On Juneteenth, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The day was commemorated by many Texans as a day of celebration and commemoration for the emancipation of slaves in the state.
“ Juneteenth continues to be important, not just because it marks the end of slavery, but because it becomes a ritualized, political holiday that tells and retells the story of Black people’s ongoing struggle in a nation that’s so invested in forgetting.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
The holiday Juneteenth is celebrated on the first Sunday in July, marking the end of slavery. It is also a day where Black people can share in the joys of emancipation and their ongoing struggle against racism. The holiday commemorates the contributions of Black people to American society and the progress made since their enslavement. It reminds us that we are not alone, and that our story has not been forgotten.
15.“Juneteenth is a holiday that tells black people they must truly understand their history. Much of what is known about Juneteenth does not properly consider the relationship black people have to Africa, but instead commercializes it.” – Kofi Leeniles, Towson University Professor
This holiday, Juneteenth, celebrates the day that slavery ended in America. It also tells black people that they must understand their history and the relationship that they have with Africa. Today, Juneteenth is seen as a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery, but it actually began as a way for black people to themselves. The holiday celebrates African Americans who fought for their rights and those who helped them.
“You do not have to be African American to appreciate the significance of Juneteenth, we are all tied to that holiday.” – Mallory Luz Romero Sankofa
On Juneteenth, Americans celebrate the end of slavery in America. This holiday celebrates white American people and black American people's relationships. It is a day to connect and learn about one another. Juneteenth is significant because it is a reminder of our connection to each other and to the history of race in America.
“The loss of a history, a language of religion/Didn’t cause our story to glory God intended We went from Juneteenth to the 13th amendment/Fighting to get” – Black Thought
For centuries, the slave trade had been a major part of African American history. Slavery was an institution that was used to control and exploit people from Africa. Unfortunately, this lasted until the 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865. This amendment abolished slavery forever in the United States. For many African Americans, this was a huge victory. It allowed them to be free and start new lives without being targeted or exploited by their white counterparts.
“The first Freedom celebrations did a very similar kind of work that Juneteenth would do after the Civil War: They commemorated the suffering and deliverance of Black people. It wasn’t only about them being enslaved, but also a protracted struggle to make freedom a real thing.” – Jarvis Givens, Harvard Professor
After the Civil War, African Americans began to look for ways to commemorate the sufferings of black people. One such way was the first Freedom celebration in 1865. This event commemorated the suffering and deliverance of black people and it not only involved them but also their families. The celebration helped bring about change for African Americans and helped them feel proud and free.
“Juneteenth has become a newly but proudly embraced commemoration in my family and we have been exploring the ways in which we want to experience and culturally embrace the date (and beyond).” – Tatiana Glover
Since the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth has been a date celebrated by many in the African American community. Families and friends often take to social media and other online platforms to share pictures and stories about how they have enjoyed Juneteenth weekend experiences. In my family, we have embraced Juneteenth as a day to celebrate our African heritage and together we want to experience and culturally embrace the date.