Many celebrate Juneteenth to honor ending of slavery (includes video story)

June 19 marks the celebration of Juneteenth, or Black Independence Day. It became an official federal holiday in June 2021 after President Joe Biden’s proclamation and honors the ending of slavery in the U.S.

The day is celebrated with musical performances, family cookouts and more.

“It’s a reminder of the suffrage of African Americans back in 1865,” says North Las Vegas Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown. “We must never forget.”

Christina Harris is a junior majoring in digital journalism with a minor in English. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career in the entertainment field dealing with television.