In the United States, June 19 is also known as Juneday, a festival commemorating the end of slavery in the United States,media CNET reported. June Day, also known as Liberty Day or Emancipation Day, is a state holiday or special anniversary in 48 U.S. states, and big companies such as Spotify, Twitter and Lyft have recently made June a permanent holiday for the company.
To mark this year’s celebration, Google today (June 19) produced a video dedicated to Doodle to mark the 155th anniversary of Federal Army Major General Gordon Granger’s arrival in Galveston, Texas, and the 155th anniversary of the federal order to abolish the state’s slave labor.
Texas was geographically far from Washington, D.C., even though Lincoln issued the Declaration of the Liberation of Slaves, which ended slavery as early as 1863, declaring that “all those who were treated as slaves … were not able to do so.” From then on, he will always be free,” but Texas has been a state where slavery continues.
This year, this year’s Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and police brutality, sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Brenna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Reshard Brooks, are of particular significance.
The background is LeVar Burton, best known for his iconic role in the 1977 miniseries Roots, who read the first verse of James Weldon Johnson’s poem Lift Every Voice and Sing, commonly referred to as the “Black Anthem.” The video animates General No. 3′ Order: “All slaves are free.”
Under background music by Chicago music producer Elijah Jamal, Doodle continues to show black people celebrating the benefits of their newly discovered freedom, as in General Order NO. 3, which usually comes after some delay. These include the right to education, the right to vote and the right to use the same facilities as whites.
Google was criticised last year for not publishing Doodle to mark the June Festival. When Davian Chester, a freelance artist from Georgia, noticed that the company had not created a graffiti, he made one of his own. This picture depicts a black man’s hands breaking free from a chain. It went viral on social media, and Google eventually contacted Chester in the hope of offering him a job.
This year, a handful of technology companies, including Twitter and Uber, have declared June 19 as a corporate holiday. Google did not do so, but encouraged employees to cancel mandatory meetings.
The bright doodle was created by Loveis Wise, a freelance illustrator from Los Angeles. The 25-year-old artist, who has more than 45,000 followers on Instagram, has designed two magazine covers for The New Yorker as part of Google’s Resident Artists program, drawing a mural for Black History Month on YouTube in Los Angeles.
Angelica McKinley, Google’s project creative director, said that while the festival was widely celebrated by the community in its first few years, it had been an “unknown festival” for many for decades. She wrote that she learned about the festival when she was a student at a historic black university in Virginia.
“I was shocked that the school in my hometown didn’t teach us about the day, and my family had no idea it existed,” she wrote in a blog post about the graffiti. She cited the revival of interest in the festival as a reason for optimism, noting that in the past week, Google Search’s interest in “June Day Meaning” has soared by more than 850 percent.
“I want people across the country to commemorate June Day by remembering and sharing the stories of those who lived in slavery before us and those who died for our freedom,” McKinley wrote. “I want them to celebrate it by creating space, to express the joy and triumph of the black people, and to teach June 19, 1865, just the beginning. “