“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela. 

Juneteenth is short for June Nineteenth, a holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States. It is a day to recognize the end of slavery and to celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans. On June 19, 1865, two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered, Union General Gordon Granger and 1,800 troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863) freeing slaves in Confederate states. When, General Granger arrived in Galveston 250,000 slaves were freed. Freed black slaves broke out in celebration. Juneteenth became an official holiday in Texas in 1979. 

There is so much to do. Let’s get to work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7bnS8R994I

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.” – John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)