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Wed, 2018-Jun-20 02:13 UTC
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Welcome to popular Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a popular Wikipedia page every day.
With 387,470 views on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 our article of the day is Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved blacks throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.
Today it is observed primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and reading of works by noted African-American writers such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou. Celebrations may include rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, or Miss Juneteenth contests. The Mascogos, descendants of Black Seminoles, of Coahuila, Mexico also celebrate Juneteenth.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 02:13 UTC on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.
For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth.
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