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If February is for the history, June is about the hereafter.

CHNL 19 is inspired by the modern movement and essence of celebration behind Juneteenth.

Historically, Juneteenth is a celebration founded in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 when news of freedom reached slaves two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863.

News of freedom inspired jubilee across the United States. As black Americans migrated, they took traditions of freedom celebrations with them. Juneteenth is acknowledged through legislative observance or by holiday in over 30 states in the United States.

Independence days from enslaved African diaspora and other nationalities are worldwide. What we consider “Juneteenth” is essentially America’s second independence day. Around the world, independence days have different stories, different legacies, different triumphs.

But why stop with the celebration?

On CHNL 19, we seek to nurture conversations and archive what came post-liberation in contemporary America. CHNL 19 archives and documents where are we as Americans in national and international dialogue, media, arts, societal achievements and struggles- collectively and individually.

Thank you for visiting and celebrating with us.

For stories and ideas writechnl19[at]gmail.com

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