Angelenos commemorate Juneteenth with events ranging from parades to art walks to live music performances. Most gatherings are meant to tell a story about the significance of the country’s newest federal holiday.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Rams will serve as the grand marshal of the Inglewood parade. In Westchester there is a Black History Month Festival with live performances at 10am. Elsewhere, in Leimert Park, an ArtWalk takes place throughout the day, and at 4:30 p.m. in Pasadena, there’s an all-star concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
According to the Associated Press, Juneteenth commemorates the date when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. The proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freed all enslaved people in Confederate states. Some of the newly freed were unaware of their freedom until U.S. Major General Gordon Granger reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to enforce the proclamation.
President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021 making Juneteenth a national holiday. The move marked the first time the federal government had designated a new holiday since the approval of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983, AP reported.