Big corporations called out for ‘wrong way’ to observe Juneteenth
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Before Juneteenth became a federal holiday, people were already celebrating. This year, big corporations like Walmart and Dollar Tree are taking notice, and many say they’re getting it all wrong.
In fact, those companies received backlash for launching products labeled as "Juneteenth" and being unaware how they’re marketing could be offensive to Black people.
Juneteenth represents the day in June 19, 1865 where enslaved Africans in Texas were told they were free, which was two years after President Lincoln had already issued the proclamation. The holiday, also known as Freedom Day, has been celebrated in many African American homes since, but just recently became a federal holiday last year.
Hear how some people say you can celebrate the holiday in a respectful way by watching the video of Taniqua Pennix’s story.