“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” – Coretta Scott King
A Juneteenth Story
Making modern day history, history has been made again.
As of last Thursday, Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday in the U.S.
We’ve reached 156 years since the last enslaved African Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas on June 18, 1865. For so long, many didn’t know the relevance of this date and why it is called “Juneteenth.” After the seismic shift of racial justice and equality in 2020, this holiday reached a new level of recognition, although it has always been a significant date for African Americans.
In this short video The Washington Post teams up with Hari Jones, Assistant Director of the African American Civil War Museum, to acknowledge the chronicle that led to Juneteenth. After years of slavery and oppression, President Abraham Lincoln agreed to free the slaves in exchange for their alliance in the Civil War to defeat the south. “The story of Emancipation is the story of a disenfranchised, enslaved population, who in league with the Constitution of the United States, freed themselves while helping to save this union.” says Hari. And they did just that.
We hope that you did something, in your own way, to commemorate Juneteenth over the weekend and encourage everyone to continue spreading the history lesson of our newly recognized holiday!
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Resources for Educating Yourself & Others
“What is Juneteenth?” is a very common question that is often asked, especially during the month of June. Some respond with the short answer while others may have a detailed explanation. With our goal to always educate, what better way can we commemorate Juneteenth than to provide you with some helpful resources?