PROJECTThe Urban Institute Honors Juneteenth

Black man's raised fist against the backdrop of a crowd protesting

It is a momentous time in history for our nation and for countries around the world. The demand for change—to end racial injustice wherever it may be found—is loud and clear. The resounding outcry from the masses tells us that covering our eyes and ears to the pervasive unequal treatment and dehumanization of Black people is no longer acceptable, and neither are the days of accepting changes that meet the bare minimum. It is serendipitous that the weeks-long worldwide protests now arrive at Juneteenth, the celebrated date when Black people in Galveston, Texas, were notified—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation—that slavery had ended. This crucial event has long been overlooked by our nation, so, in honor of Juneteenth, two Black researchers at the Urban Institute share personal reflections on what this day means to them, in the midst of today’s unprecedented, global call for racial justice.

Juneteenth Is a National Moment for Antiracism Learning, Reflection, and Collective Action
Adaeze Okoli, Research Analyst

Reflections on Juneteenth and the Stalwart March to Victory
Steven Brown, Research Associate


Protesters raise their fists as they gather for a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in front of Borough Hall on June 5, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.(Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)