Suddenly everybody knows about Juneteenth. How does that change how we celebrate?


Kimberly Kapustein, stands in front of a Juneteenth flag on June 18, 2021 at Blakely Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Community Center. Kapustein is the president of the Issaquah Highlands Council, the committee that is organizing the town’s first Juneteenth celebration. ìJuneteenth for us is celebrating our heritage and history and also about making sure people understand itís not just Black history, it’s American history and it needs to be acknowledged. And we have to make sure it’s not repeated,î Kapustein said. 

Now that Juneteenth has become the 12th federally recognized holiday, will its meaning be changed by its growing popularity? How should non-Black people celebrate the holiday?

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