What Juneteenth Means to Me By Cindy Vander Kodde If one were to Google Juneteenth, it would say “Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) which  marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.” As a person of color and one who use to organize the Juneteenth celebrations downtown Grand Rapids for several years, I have a different definition or description of what Juneteenth is. For me and other African Americans it is a celebration of the end to slavery. It is often called … Continue reading Antiracism