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Wilson Center Commemorates Juneteenth

The Wilson Center commemorates the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas declaring the abolition of slavery two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. Juneteenth serves as a celebration of the Black freedom gained following slavery. Even more so, it is a celebration of Black American life and resilience and honors the contributions of Black Americans to this country. Juneteenth reminds us that real change, though often frustrating and painful, is possible and, As Maya Angelou reminded us, "history, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

This Juneteenth, The Wilson Center is rededicated to addressing structural racism and racial disparities, pursuing the ideals of this nation, more fully understanding our complex national history, and informing policymakers about how the United States can move closer toward becoming more equitable.