On June 19th, 1865 the enslaved people in Galveston finally heard that they were FREE. It was news very late in arriving, and by no means a clean, clear end to slavery, much less marginalization of the black peoples of the United States. Dr Trevon Logan said it so clearly--"Juneteenth should remind Americans that emancipation was a necessary but insufficient event in the move toward racial equality."
By no means a simple end to the great stain that is Slavery, Juneteenth and its subsequent release of enslaved people in Texas, is a truly beautiful moment in history absolutely worth celebrating and honoring. A wonderful interview with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman on NPR discussed these celebrations, and good ways we can honor this day of freedom in a positive, supportive way.
We hope you have a wonderful day of celebration and commemoration! And if Juneteenth is new to you, we hope you take time today to reflect on this commemoration, and learn more about the history of Juneteenth!