Juneteenth, or Juneteenth National Independence Day, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation first declared the end of slavery. Celebrated

Photo Credit: Poetry Foundation   Willie Perdomo, the former Poet Laureate of New York (2021-2023), is a dynamic force in contemporary poetry, blending streetwise vernacular with profound insights on identity, culture, and community. Appointed as New York State Poet Laureate in 2021,