Some people are off work today for Juneteenth, which was technically yesterday. It became a federal holiday last year, but apparently that’s still news to one in four Americans.
A poll for Juneteenth found 26% of us still haven’t even heard of it. And even if you have, you might not know what it’s about. Here are four questions about Juneteenth, and how people answered . . .
1. Have you ever heard of Juneteenth? 74% said yes, and 26% said no. Of the people who DID know about it, half only learned about it in the last two years.
2. Do you know what Juneteenth is about? Only 60% of people who’d heard of it knew it’s about the end of slavery. 7% thought it was about Black people gaining the right to vote, and 5% said the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
3. Do you think Juneteenth SHOULD be a national holiday? Most Americans say yes. 55% said it should . . . 26% said no . . . and 18% weren’t sure.
4. Have you ever celebrated Juneteenth before? Around 30% said they have.