Juneteenth is tomorrow. It’s been celebrated by the Black community for decades, but unfortunately, many Americans haven’t even heard of it.
American federal holidays are white-washed from primary school on, like many other aspects of our history education. The holiday celebrating the emancipation reaching Galveston, Texas—one of the most Confederate-occupied areas at the time—on June 19, 1865 was a tremendously important moment in history. However, Juneteenth only started to become better-known last year during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, and only was just unanimously voted into a federal holiday by the Senate earlier this week.
It’s sad this holiday doesn’t receive more attention while those essentially celebrating genocide (like Christopher Columbus Day) hold federal holiday status. But it appears that might be changing soon.
This year, we’re celebrating by shining a light on some awesome underground Black musicians and Black-led bands, while also taking time to do our part in the fight against systematic racism.
Check out the list of Black-led organizations and click play to the Juneteenth playlist below.
–The National Black Child Development Institute serves as a national resource agency providing programs, publications, advocacy, and training related to early childhood care and education, health and wellness, literacy, and family engagement.
–Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Baba Ali, “Black Wagon”
Lesibu Grand, “Not Sweet Enough”
The OBGMs, “All My Friends”
The Muslims, “JIHADAGEDDON”
Black Haüs, “You”
Butterfly Ali, “Testimony”
WheelUP, “Good Love” ft. Afronaut, Brint Story & Destiny Will
Raquel Jones, “Queen” ft. Eternia
Branjae, “Street Light”
Sunny War, “Mama’s Milk”
Big Joanie, “Way Out”
FAREES, “Independence #D”
Denitia, “Place to Be” (Pool Cosby Remix)