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Why I revel in the joyful sound of Juneteenth

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2024
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Sarah Reingewirtz/ The Orange County Register/ AP

“Party with a purpose” is a phrase that fits well with most Black holidays and occasions. Historically, Juneteenth has been no different. Yet something curious has happened since the day became a federal holiday in the United States in 2021. This jubilant celebration of African American independence has somehow become less fun.

A controversy last June underscored this dynamic. A series of multiracial banners appeared throughout downtown Greenville, South Carolina, which raised angst among certain community members because of the Black origins of Juneteenth. What was lost in the conversation went...

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