Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, is gaining awareness

Juneteenth, given federal status in 2021, sees a growing awareness and celebration of the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas.

Historical context: Juneteenth began as a regional celebration in Texas and spread across the country as Black Americans migrated to different parts of the United States.
* The holiday became a symbol of both strength and triumph for African-Americans during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Raised awareness: In 2021, only 37% of American adults knew about Juneteenth, but that number rose to nearly 60% by 2022, according to Gallup polling.
* Many Black Americans appreciate the wider recognition of African-American history in the United States.

Potential drawbacks: Some concerns have been raised about the commodification and commercialization of Juneteenth, with retailers offering themed products deemed tasteless and appropriative, and possible politicization of the holiday.

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