Celebrate OUR Freedom!
What Is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a national Holiday celebrated June 19th 1866, founded 1865. Juneteenth marks a time in history when Afrikan Slaves who were forced from their home country and made to work, and live in America (owned by white supremacist) were given freedom from Slavery and “Equal” rights particularly in the Southern Regions. Juneteenth is a day of celebration and remembrance for those we’ve lost, those who’ve suffered as Slaves, and those who became free after years of brutally forced servitude and extreme degradation. It’s an Afrikan Amerikkkan independence day!
But…Didn’t Slavery End In 1863 With The Emancipation Proclamation?
Unfortunately No. Slavery did not end, some say, until the 1900s. The Emancipation Proclamation written on January 1st 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln only “ended” slavery in some states, which left over 500,000 slaves still captive and without hope. That’s half a million human bodies who did not receive freedom. Southern States like Kentucky, Georgia, Delaware, Missouri, Mississippi, Virginia…did not receive the same emancipation. It was a kind gesture from Abraham Lincoln, but one that did not do much for the betterment of the Afrikan people living in America. Segregation, degradation, hate, anger, un-equal rights, lack of voting rights, rights to own property or obtain loans and live as Amerikkkans do did not fully occur until after the 1960s, nearly 100 years later.
So How Does The History Of Juneteenth Play A Role In Afrikan Freedom In Amerikkka?
Nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and put into action, Major General Gordon Granger in Texas, issued the following;
“The people of Texas 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 between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
Unfortunately, much like the Emancipation Proclamation this order did not reach most southern states until late. The news spread slowly and the white supremacist who owned slaves and knew of the new order, simply withheld information and continued to abuse, force, rape, mis-use, and hold captive their Afrikan slaves, but it was the resilience and will power of the once Afrikan Slaves that helped the newly freed to build, rejoice, commune, and create infrastructures that aided in hope, inspiration, and encouragement long after their time.
Why YOU Should Celebrate Juneteenth?
Cook out, have a house party, read stories of past times to your kids, you should celebrate Juneteenth because it marks a moment in history where Afrikan slaves were given hope, and used that hope to start a civil movement that helped create the Afrikan Unity in Amerikkka that we know today. If it wasn’t for the freed Afrikan slaves asking the right questions, buying property, creating Black Owned business’s, owning land, and creating years of wealth and knowledge maybe their wouldn’t be a Martin Luther King jr. or a Malcolm X. Celebrate because of the resilience of the people who in the time of extreme hardship still thought about YOU, the future, and understood that everything they did was for the betterment of YOU. Celebrate, and rejoice in what you come from, YOU come from strength!
– Thanks For Reading #SOULdiers
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