JUNETEENTH - African Americans Independence Day (June 19, 1865)
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
In Galveston, Texas, the slaves were not aware that two and a half years (2 1/2 years) earlier the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves from the bondage of involuntary servitude. Juneteenth was celebrated by African Americans in Texas because it is the date they discovered their freedom. Other states have come to acknowledge the historical importance of the celebration.
In the United States, African Americans have been free-ish since 1863. Our experience living in the land of the free have included limitations of liberties in banking, real estate ownership, education, voting, marriage, job promotions, and salary.
The American experience on race and it's indifference to the treatment of Black Lives is long overdue. George Floyd, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, David Mctee, Freddie Gray and other African American deaths that had no voice for the injustices directed against them.