The month of June has two historical events that herald two very important chapters in this nation’s history.
Loving vs. Virginia was the case that struck down the anti-miscegenation laws that cruelly decided whom a person could or could not marry. Loving Day celebrates the love and courage of Richard and Mildred Loving and the landmark June 12, 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned bans on interracial marriage.
Juneteenth is the holiday originally celebrated by Black Texans. Observed on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day of June 19, 1865 when Black American enslaves in Texas won their freedom, having received it more than two years after enslaves in the rest of the nation did.
What began as a day to remember the breaking of slavery’s yoke and with the arrival of freedom on the shores of Galveston, TX, is now celebrated in 40 states across America.
For more on these momentous days, read my following posts: