Idaho’s Black communities celebrate Juneteenth with joy, food, dance and community

Idaho’s Black communities celebrate Juneteenth with joy, food, dance and community

With live performances, local vendors, food and dance, community members gathered in celebration for the fourth annual “Family Function”

Juneteenth event on Saturday at Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise.

For a weekend of celebration, Juneteenth Idaho and the Black Liberation Collective partnered with local organizations and Black-owned businesses such as The Honey Pot CBD

 2C Yoga, Honey’s Holistics, Cut-N-Up, Amina’s African Sambusas, among many others. 

Last year, the state and federal government signed a law designating June 19 — known as Juneteenth — as an official holiday

Though it was declared a public holiday only as of last year, Juneteenth has historically been celebrated by Black communities across the country to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans during the end of the Civil War

“On June 19, 1865 — over two years after President (Abraham) Lincoln declared all enslaved people free — Maj

General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston

Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas,” the federal proclamation declaring the date a federal holiday said. 

The Boise community was not the only city in Idaho celebrating Juneteenth this weekend. Holiday celebrations took place across the state with events happening in Twin Falls and Lapwai

Students at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg will also celebrate the date on Monday.

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