What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the celebration to mark the end of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger, landing at Galveston, Texas, made the announcement that the Civil War was over and that slaves were free.
From the Handbook—
“On June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, thus belatedly bringing about the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Texas. The tidings of freedom reached slaves gradually as individual plantation owners read the proclamation to their bondsmen over the months following the end of the war. The news elicited an array of personal celebrations, some of which have been described in The Slave Narratives of Texas (1974). The first broader celebrations of Juneteenth were used as political rallies and to teach freed African Americanabout their voting rights. Within a short time, however, Juneteenth was marked by festivities throughout the state, some of which were organized by official Juneteenth committees.”
Though the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, it took time for word to get around that slavery was over. People went around for two years not knowing they were free.
The knowledge you need for your freedom is out there. You just may not be aware.
It’s up to you to gain the knowledge you require about your history. I mean this for people of all colors because history is a shared thing. The fate of all people is connected.
The knowledge you need is on-line, in books, and at the library. You don’t need money if you are willing to learn.
You are intelligent and you are able to gain the knowledge you need.
Of course— just because someone says that you are free, does not mean that you really are free.
After Juneteenth was the failure of Reconstruction and over 100 years of Jim Crow.
Here is a history of Jim Crow.
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Below is a picture of a man who was a slave and who was whipped many times by his overseer.
The man in the picture above had no choice about his fate in life.
And even today we are not in full control of our fates. Circumstance and chance play a role in life.
Yet you have the option to learn about your freedom and to conduct yourself as a free person.
I ask all people to make use of this option.