This past SUNDAy marked an important day for Texas, as Juneteenth, the longtime statewide celebration of enslaved people recognizing their freedom on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, was enjoyed for the second time as a federal holiday. This year was extra special in Houston, as Emancipation Park also celebrated its 150th anniversary. Festivities spread throughout the city, including the Black Is Primary Juneteenth Festival at POST Houston.
Curated by Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean and former radio personality Samantha Blair, the all-day event was a jubilee of Black heritage, featuring a Black-owned market, cultural performances, art, lectures, and food. Houstonians dressed in their best git up, and marveled in slabs, live music, art, and food.