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Juneteenth Social Media Post!

June 19th, 2024 marks the 159th Anniversary of Juneteenth! This day commemorates the day that the last slaves in the United States learned about their freedom. On June 19th, 1865 soldiers arrived in Texas to announce that the slaves were free, over two years after the signed Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Juneteenth signifies a pivotal moment in American history and symbolizes the emancipation, education and advancement of African Americans.

This Juneteenth, AMPLIFY continues the commitment to promote and advocate for racial justice in tobacco control efforts, advance health equity and reduce the impact of tobacco use on Black Americans.

Celebrate this year's Juneteenth by participating in a local festival or family gathering and enjoy traditional red foods like red velvet cake and strawberry soda that are meant to symbolize the resilience and joy of African Americans and our ancestors.

Copy and paste the images below for your social media post for this upcoming Juneteenth, Wednesday June 19th 2024.

Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth commemorates the end of institutionalized slavery and marks the start of a challenging journey toward equity and racial justice for Black Americans. Although emancipation promised equality and liberty, systemic racism continues to create persistent inequities in employment, housing, education, and healthcare between white and Black Americans.

Racial health disparities are particularly evident in tobacco use, where the tobacco industry's targeted advertising has led to 85% of Black smokers using menthol cigarettes. This increases nicotine addiction and complicates quitting, contributing to higher rates of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other tobacco-related diseases among Black Americans, despite lower overall smoking rates.

This Juneteenth, we continue the commitment to promoting racial justice in tobacco control efforts, urging community support to advance health equity and reduce the impact of tobacco use on Black Americans.


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