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Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, holds the distinction of being a federal holiday in the United States. This significant day is dedicated to honoring the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The term "Juneteenth" itself is derived from the combination of June and nineteenth, signifying the date of its commemoration. The celebration takes place on June 19th, which marks the anniversary of the historic proclamation by Major General Gordon Granger, declaring freedom for slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. It is worth noting that this proclamation occurred two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

For Juneteenth 2023, Georgia NAACP President Gerald Griggs traveled the State of Georgia to celebrate with numerous branches of the Georgia State Conference. He began with the Cobb NAACP for their 20th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Marietta Square.

President Gerald Griggs joins the Cobb NAACP for the 20th  Anniversary Juneteenth celebration.
President Gerald Griggs and President Jerine Grimes

President Griggs, further traveled to Rome, Floyd County to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Annual Juneteenth parade through Downtown Rome. In partnership with Rome NAACP, President Griggs kicked off his Saturday celebration with the people of Rome. Marching through the City announcing that freedom and justice are coming to Georgia.

President Griggs traveled to Americus, Georgia to celebrate Juneteenth with the Sumter County NAACP where he was the Keynote Speaker. He brought that we are moving forward into a new direction for freedom and justice.

President Griggs continued is STate Wide Tour with A Stop in Sandy Springs on Sunday. Communications Chair Dontaye Carter and the Juneteenth Federation put on the Second Annual Sandy Springs Juneteenth Celebration focused on Black Fathers and Families.

Happy Juneteenth Georgia.

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