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Happy Juneteenth: African Americans true day of freedom

Emancipation Day celebration – 1900. Image via Wikipedia

Slavery chain don broke at last!
Broke at last, broke at last!
Slavery chain don broke at last!
Gonna praise God till I die!

Slaves

Image via Son of the South

Today is the day that General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation on the balcony of the Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas to the remaining slaves two years after slavery was over on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth now is recognized in over 40 states. It is African Americans true day of freedom.

General Gordan Granger. Image via Wikipedia

“The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property…” From General Order #3, read by Gen. Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865.

“Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.”

Emancipation Proclamation image via Wikipedia

Many would like Juneteenth to become a national holiday. Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., the founder and chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) said, “We are hopeful that Congress will finally enact legislation to establish the ’19th of June’ on all calendars as America’s 2nd Independence Day… We are not asking for a paid federal holiday, but a national day of observance, like Flag Day and Patriot Day.”

Ashton Villa image via Wikipedia

Go out, celebrate and be proud of where we have come from!! For a list of events, click here.

Sources: BlackPast.org, MSN. Juneteenth.com and USA Today.

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  1. Florence 21 June, 2015 at 20:00 Reply

    If Rachel Dolezal can be whatever she wants then why can’t African Americans not do the same and reap the benefits, too.

    I would love to hear the thoughts of those B.males who just can’t get enough of them,such as, B. Hollywood, the Rappers, the actors male and female. Politicians, psychologists, Al Sharpton, Dr. West, former professsor at Penn State and who’s also, married to a .W. Female, and what he think in how the NAACP was set-up, maniplated and ow publically ben bamboosled;
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    Why are B. people gullible to the purposes of the W.male for he would use his daughter to set you waaaaaaay back to slavery. i guess this is what self-hatred has come to but mind you is no long with the B. male and now, she and her W. male can fly away in the sunsets proving that some B. folks are so thirsty and un-intelligent. Those in the NAACP branch in Kansas prove that point. I believe that the W. male behind closed doors laughing at the so-called B. male leaders.

    You read the article about Kim K. daughter,”North” they applaud her and insulted Beyonce daughter, “Blue” concerning her hair. Things are so hot for the African Americans and they do not see the advantage in this.

    I want to hear from our so-called male leaders and Celebrities concerning all the news. Next is will be our musican and they are slowly invading that and they are becoming wealthy. You have Latins and even Asian offspring from the B. male and Non-B. females procreations profitting from our moneymaking gifts but one thing about these eveil people they will never allow a Black to invade their products. How thirsty he B. males are.

    Yes, I believe that we should “cease” in purchasing anything that the B. male encages to profit. Also, most of them are broke and all of that gold around their necks and the big houses do not belong to them. It’s all rentals. Little Weasel is broke. Ludacris last year or a few years he was in court for errors in child support.

    Have you listened to many of them they are illiterate. Instead of taking some of his $$$$$$ and sat in a classroom with the book opened and visiting a Library and pull information concerning his ancestors and the struggles of African Americans and South America counries who despises them. Did you now that the B. male is not allow to date those W.females in those countries not if they color hues is one of Jennifer Lopez and others like her for she pass for White but will lap dance for the B. male while she lies beneath him. She is a washed out Lesbian. Just everything about them is fake.

    I will never pay to see one of them nor would I purchase their DVDs or CDs. African American people I know that we are clever that many of us are showing the world. Come on and get off your backsides and get to thinking and less take back what the evil one have taken and continue to take.

    First. do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 nor the Republican candidate because they all are wacked. Watch out for the Bills presented to pass, especially, the immigration one. Now,if Obama couldnt do what he want with it and Hillary claims that she could. How Hillary? The Republican controll the Senate and the House and unless you knowsomething that most of the people does not. Explain! Racism still in the running.

    P.S. My people start educating yourselves, little children read to them current events 400 years inton the 21st Century, use your intellect and imagination and them stories abount our Ancestors; The making of this Country before the Mayflower. Who was John Brown Raiders? And, most of all make sure the children understands and are learning and find out what they are teaching our children.How they are being treated in the classroom by all insructors.

    Their test scores show that our little children are stupid and dumb and this is all over USA but the crime rate for our males and females are above everyone else.

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