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Rep. Barragán Statement on Juneteenth
June 20, 2019
“On June 19, 1865, more than six months after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and declared that all slaves of African descent located in Texas were indeed free. That historic day, now remembered as Juneteenth, marked the end of one of the saddest chapters in our nation’s history. More than 150 years later, Juneteenth causes us to not only reflect on the tragic, centuries-long enslavement of nearly four million Africans and their descendants in the United States, but to remain vigilant in the fight to overcome racism, both institutional and societal, that exists in our country today. The Juneteenth observance serves as reminder that our nation still has work to do to overcome the great challenges that communities of color and so many others face in the pursuit for equality and justice.” ... read more »
Juneteenth Celebrates End of Slavery in the US
June 20, 2019
The celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. ... read more »
Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom
June 20, 2019
It is this ethical insight and emphasis on the priority of human freedom as the condition and context for justice, equality and human flourishing that leads Min. Malcolm to argue the right to pursue and achieve “freedom by any means necessary.” This phrase is not a claim to do even the unethical but is a cornerstone in his ethics of self-defense against oppression, his reaffirmation of the right of resistance and his call for a courageous commitment to give all that’s necessary to be free men and women, and stand upright and worthy among persons, peoples and nations of the world. ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: June 19, 2019 – Brought to you by Black365
June 19, 2019
    On this day, June 19, 1865,  Juneteenth is observed, commemorating the day Africans in Texas heard of the end of legal enslavement in the U.S. ... read more »
Councilman Faces Call for Resignation for Juneteenth Message
June 17, 2019
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman’s resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. ... read more »
“Wendy’s Window”: Juneteenth Runs Deep Even in the West
June 21, 2018
Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, but is recognized more in Southern states. Families celebrate the “holiday” in many ways, including family reunions, cookouts, fireworks and parades. ... read more »
History Behind Juneteenth
June 14, 2018
In today’s modern world of cell phones, computers and the internet, it is easy to take for granted the sheer ease and expedience at the reach of our fingertips. ... read more »
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Hosts Annual Juneteenth Awards Reception
July 6, 2017
California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas celebrated the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth with an awards reception at the California Railroad Museum ... read more »
Juneteenth 152 Years Later: Reflecting on the Castile Verdict  
June 22, 2017
Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration acknowledging the ending of physical slavery in the United States. This month marks 152 years since Black America received its own Independence Day. ... read more »
What is Juneteenth?
July 2, 2015
Juneteenth occurs every year on June 19 and it marks the day slavery ended in the United States. ... read more »
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