• Juneteenth
    Updated On: Jun 19, 2020

    June 19th marks a special celebration in United States history. Celebrated as Juneteenth, — a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” — the holiday recognizes when the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enforced by Union troops in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, which was nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Proclamation.

    In past years, Juneteenth has brought celebrations, festivals, street fairs and reunions.  On today’s Juneteenth, I encourage you to reflect on the state of Black America 155 years later and while the physical chains have been broken, are we truly free? The fight for social and economic justice continues for Black people, and we all have a role to play. So, as you gather in celebration with your families and friends today, think about what role you will play in the ongoing fight for freedom and justice. 

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