Google has designed a video Doodle to celebrate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth’s emancipation holiday. The video uses the first verse of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also know as “The Black National Anthem.” Google’s commemoration honors the end of slavery in the US. The video depicts the works of African American artist Loveis Wise, music producer Elijah Jamal, and the poem is read by legendary actor LeVar Burton.
Even though slavery officially ended with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it wasn’t until ALMOST 3 YEARS LATER ON June 19th 1865, that the federal order reached Texas and the rest of the western Confederation.
Juneteenth is shorthand for “June Nineteenth.”
“This is an American story about freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I hope that in these brown faces many Americans can see themselves,” commented Angelica McKinley, the Google Doodle’s lead art director in an accompanying video called Behind the Doodle: 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth
The Doodle isn’t the only way that Google is celebrating Juneteenth this year. They’ve added it as a holiday in the United States in Google Calendar. The company has also confirmed that it’s added new Google Assistant answers to questions like “Hey Google, what is Juneteenth?”
Google Arts & Culture has a new exhibit on the historical legacy of Juneteenth made in colaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History. YouTube Music now has a playlist titled Juneteenth: Freedom Songs with tracks by Bob Marley. and Beyonce.
“This is an American story about freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I hope that in these brown faces many Americans can see themselves,”
Angelica McKinley, Google Art Director
Although Juneteenth is a proud and pivital moment in American history, it is not yet recognized as an official national holiday, although most states do.
Burton closed with a statement of hope saying that we (Black Americans) want the Juneteenth holiday to be a celebration of victory for all Americans. Would you vote for a candidate that promised to make Juneteenth a national holiday? Leave your answer in the comments.