On June 19th, 1865—three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued—word finally reached the enslaved people in Galveston, TX that they were free.
That day is now celebrated as Juneteenth, the official day of freedom, independence, and emancipation for Black people in this country.
We all know that the road to real freedom—a freedom that includes the right to vote, the right to housing and work, the right to a quality education, and the right to live free of discrimination—would still be a long one for Black Americans.
The fight for true liberation is still being fought to this day.
The Center for Election Science works each day to ensure that everyone’s voice is meaningfully heard at the ballot box. We are motivated to do our part in ending the nation’s ongoing legacy of the silencing and dehumanization of Black Americans.
This Juneteenth, we celebrate a significant American milestone on the centuries-long path toward Black Americans having their voices heard, being treated with dignity, and living lives free from discrimination.
May we keep that spirit of determination and struggle alive with us as we continue to strive toward a “more perfect union”—one where all of us are heard and valued.