Before the summer of 2020, it seemed Juneteenth was observed only by a small minority of African Americans. But in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, commemoration of Juneteenth has become more common , as a growing number of people observe the end of slavery in the United States, and emphasize the history and contributions of Black Americans.
Juneteenth, which is sometimes called Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, and Liberation Day, originated in Galveston, Texas. It is observed on June 19 and marked with celebrations, picnics, and family gatherings.
Red foods are among the dishes that are critical to these celebrations. Red velvet cake, watermelon, strawberry pie, crimson hot links, and hibiscus tea have come to symbolize the blood and resilience of enslaved people. According to culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, this tradition can be traced to people from such countries as Benin, Uganda, and Congo who served red