Also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, and is celebrated on June 19. Although slavery was abolished upon the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution more than 150 years ago, discrimination continues to show its face in our communities.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations is the state agency charged with investigating unlawful discrimination and ensuring that all people have access to equal opportunities in employment, housing and public accommodations.
It’s important to continue remembering our history while engaging in conversations and necessary actions now and into the future.
– Darrick D. McGhee, Sr., The Florida Commission on Human Relations