Juneteenth is the celebration of enslaved people learning they were free from slavery two years after everybody else learned about it. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was given in 1863 and it took 2 years for federal soldiers to go from plantation to plantation and make everyone aware.
Juneteenth is still not recognized as an official holiday in the United States. My assumption is that any recognition of this would call America to task when it comes to the treatment of Black people in this country.
The recognition of this holiday means even more in such divisive times with such a racially charged climate. Regardless of this climate it should always be noted and acknowledged that we should never forget the atrocities of slavery and how the world benefited while Black people didn’t.
Juneteenth should be celebrated as the 4th of July. It should be recognized as a national holiday and continue to spark a dialogue that will lead to change and equality in this country.
Check out a few pics from the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration at Culture Connection in Chicago hosted by theblackmall.com
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