Monica Pearson from CBS 46 stopped by Moote, Kimmie and Otis to talk about Juneteenth and it's importance, booth historically and also from a culture and community stand point.
For those folks not familiar with Juneteenth, here is the quick nutshell version from Wikipedia:
"Juneteenth[c] (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, and also known as, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery."
The really interesting part that Monica touched on was the idea that the holiday is to celebrate the birth of people becoming their full potential which is special. It's the idea that we can all emerge and find the version or ourselves no matter what the thing was that was holding us back and be our best selves. Juneteenth is a way to appreciate all of our struggles and memorialize the history of our country.