Google Doodle celebrates the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth

In celebration of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, Google has produced a video Doodle set to the first verse of the poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often called “ The Black National Anthem .” It’s a 90 second piece of rousing animation that honors the end of slavery in the US.

The video features art from artist Loveis Wise, music produced by Elijah Jamal, and the poem is read by LeVar Burton.

Although slavery officially ended with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that the federal order reached Galveston, Texas on the western edge of the Confederacy.

Juneteenth is shorthand for “June Nineteenth.”

“This is an American story about freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I hope that in these brown faces many Americans can see themselves,” said Google’s Angelica McKinley, the Doodle’s lead art director in an accompanying video describing its creation.

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