Juneteenth is the day we celebrate the liberation of Black Americans.
Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect, hundreds of thousands of people were still enslaved. But on June 19th, 1865, the news finally made its way to Galveston Bay, Texas, and celebrations sprouted up all over the state. The following year, those free people in Texas officially organized what became known as Juneteenth.
While I didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth with my family, this day of jubilee has become a staple among me and my friends — and has been gaining mainstream popularity recently.
And now that we can gather again, we gotta make sure our cookout game is strong.
This collection of 20+ soul food recipes includes the classics, some modern twists, and even vegan-friendly options to make sure there's something for every eater. Gather your folks, put on your best cookout playlist (here’s a really good one on Tidal), and get ready to cha-cha, Wobble, and Electric Slide your way through the day. Happy Juneteenth!