#Juneteenth

.New York, NY, USA
Vanessa Williams will appear on PBS Special. (Photo: Instagram/Vennessa Williams)

  • The performance by Vanessa Williams intends to celebrate the establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday
  • "It’s in celebration of the wonderful opportunity," Williams said
  • The move has seen intense debate on social media

.Houston, TX, USA
.United States
A poet performs during the 28th annual Juneteenth celebration in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, on June 19, 2021. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • With marches, music and speeches, Americans on Saturday celebrated Juneteenth
  • Juneteenth is the newly declared national holiday that marks the end of slavery
  • This comes a year after George Floyd's murder sparked anti-racism protests

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Juneteenth is widely celebrated by the African-American community. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Juneteenth is observed on June 19 every year
  • The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the US
  • It is also known as 'Emancipation Day'

.New York, NY, USA
George Floyd's statue in New Jersey. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@CityofNewarkNJ)

  • The New York statue stands six foot tall
  • The statue will be moved to Union Square in Manhattan
  • Newark City hall also installed a similar statue earlier this week

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Opal Lee (second from left) was presented with the pen Biden used to sign the bill. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Opal Lee is known for her activism around Juneteenth day
  • The 94-year-old has been a victim of white superemacy herself
  • Lee was present at the White House as Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday

Nina Turner, a House Representative from Ohio, participates in Juneteenth celebrations. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ninaturner)

  • Juneteenth was declared as federal holiday earlier this week
  • Activists and social media influencers have participated in celebrations
  • Executives of US government also tweeted about the holiday's significance

A Houston neighborhood founded in the 19th century has become the Texas city's first heritage district. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • This decision comes as the US marks a new national holiday commemorating slavery's end
  • Freedmen's Town has been called the "Harlem of the South"
  • Freedmen's Town rose up as hundreds of newly freed slaves left the Texas plantations and began a new life in Houston

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company which produces computer softwares and other electronic items (Photo Credits: Unsplash)

  • During the week of Juneteenth, big tech companies will give education books in honour of the newly declared US holiday
  • On Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden signed a measure declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday
  • The day of June 19 is celebrated to honour the end of slavery in the United States

.Galveston, TX, USA
Juneteenth is widely celebrated by the African-American community. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Juneteenth is observed on June 19 every year
  • It is also known as 'Emancipation Day'
  • The US Senate recently passed a bill to make the day a federal holiday