For the African American community, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday can be traced to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and that African Americans were now free. The holiday is also known as Emancipation Day.
In honor of Juneteenth, which takes place annually on June 19, enjoy these music videos from African American artists in the country, roots, and Americana music communities.
Blanco Brown, “Tn Whiskey”
Breland, “My Truck”
Brittany Howard, “Stay High”
Darius Rucker, “If I Told You”
Jake Blount, “Goodbye, Honey, You Call That Gone”
Jimmie Allen, “Make Me Want To”
Jontavious Willis, “The World Is in a Tangle”
Kane Brown, “Good as You”
Keb Mo, “Put a Woman in Charge”
Mickey Guyton, “Sister”
Our Native Daughters, “I Knew I Could Fly”
Valerie June, “Shakedown”
Willie Jones, “Back Porch”
Yola, “Love All Night (Work All Day)”