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Black Celebrities Share the Importance of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by Black Americans on June 19 commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States on that date in 1865.  Many African-Americans view the day as their rightful Independence Day over the national holiday on July 4, throwing parades and events . Many Black politicians and entertainers flocked to their social media platforms to spread awareness of the day and to honor how far we’ve come since the days of slavery.

Scroll through the figures who commemorated Juneteenth below:

Cory Booker

Charles M. Blow

Kamala Harris

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Ibram X. Kendi

Shonda Rhimes

Brittany Packnett


Michele Norris

D.L. Hughley



Bernice King


Barack Obama

Keith Boykin

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.