Ludacris on celebrating Juneteenth: ‘My Fourth of July’

Friday is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the liberation of slaves in the United States. On The Talk, rapper Ludacris explained why, in light of the nationwide protests over racism, the holiday is so important.

“It is a reminder that our ancestors did not give up hope,” he said. “There’s so much that can be said in terms of when slavery ended and how we were left with nothing but just rise above it and continued to make something of ourselves and the history of greatness.”

Ludacris called Juneteenth “my Fourth of July” “in terms of freedom,” adding that, “this Juneteenth is gonna be more emotional than any Juneteenth thus far.”