Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day — commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. This news arrived two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Like many milestones in the fight for equality, it arrived late.
The racial equity fight has strong roots in Alameda County — and is inextricably and irrefutably woven into our own mission. Today, we are honoring the powerful stories of Black community members who have led this fight and forged the path to justice that we are still walking today.