Grades 7-12: Original Poem by Declan Kelley, Gr 10, Hingham High School
An Important Day
Juneteenth, a day of jubilation,
When freedom came to a nation.
A day to celebrate and remember,
The end of slavery, a time to treasure.
For too long, chains had held them down,
Their spirits crushed, their dreams unbound.
But on that day, they saw the light,
And broke free from their endless night.
They danced and sang, and raised their voice,
In celebration of their newfound choice.
No longer bound by cruel masters,
They could finally chart their own adventures.
Juneteenth reminds us of the past,
And all the struggles that didn’t last.
We honor those who fought and died,
And never gave up in their strive.
It’s important to celebrate this day,
For the battle for freedom didn’t end in May.
We must continue to fight for justice,
And never let our resolve lose its focus.
So let us gather with friends and kin,
And raise our glasses in a joyful din.
For Juneteenth is a day to be proud,
Of the strength and courage that we endowed.