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GOOD NEWS! Juneteenth's importance is finally recognized


Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. This week, the Senate and House voted in favor of commemorating the day that the last enslaved people in the U.S. found out they were free, and on Thursday afternoon, President Biden signed the bill into law. June 19 goes by a number of names — Black Independence Day, Texas Emancipation Day — but to many Black Americans, it represents freedom. A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and the enslaved people living there learned of their freedom — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. As such, the day tells a broader story of how emancipation was woefully delayed for Black people enslaved deep in the Confederacy.


Many of our fellow White folks don't understand why Juneteenth is so important to people of color, especially our Black neighbors.


If you want to know WHY, click on the following link: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/juneteenth-challenges-a-narrative-about-americas-history/ Very good article, written by Alex Samuels

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