Thanksgiving is a holiday for all Americans, but it also holds historical significance for African Americans.

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition among American families. The day was once used to celebrate the nation’s victory over the British at the battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War in 1777. Across the 13 colonies, enslaved Blacks also joined in celebration by expressing their thankfulness for the victory at their churches.  In October 1863, within months of signing…