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Juneteenth & Self Reflection


By Kevin McCracken, Co-Founder of Social Imprints


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people were now free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.


Significance

This day is significant not only because it marks the end of slavery, but also because it represents the long and difficult journey towards equality and justice for Black Americans. While slavery may have ended officially, it would take years, and even decades, for Black Americans to gain their full rights and freedoms.


Juneteenth is a time for reflection and celebration. It is a time to honor the strength and resilience of those who fought for their freedom and to recognize the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality.


Celebrations

Today, Juneteenth is celebrated across the United States with parades, festivals, and community gatherings. It is a time for people to come together and remember the past, while also looking towards a future where everyone is treated equally and with respect.

Juneteenth is a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Here are some ways to celebrate:


1. Learn about the history of Juneteenth and why it is celebrated.

2. Attend a Juneteenth event or parade in your community.

3. Support black-owned businesses by shopping at black-owned stores or restaurants.

4. Donate to organizations that support and empower the black community.

5. Host a cookout or barbecue with friends and family to celebrate the holiday.

6. Watch a movie or documentary about the black experience, such as "13th" or "When They See Us."

7. Read literature by black authors, such as "Beloved" by Toni Morrison or "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin.

8. Participate in an online panel discussion or webinar about Juneteenth and its significance.

9. Take action to support policies and initiatives that promote racial justice and equality.

10. Reflect on the progress that has been made towards racial equality and the work that still needs to be done.

11. Listen to Black voices and reflect.


Normalize Self Reflection

I am not a person of color with firsthand experience of the Black American struggle. However, I recognize the significance of Juneteenth and stand in solidarity with the Black community in their fight for justice and equality. Let us all take this day to reflect on the past and work towards a better future for all. Happy Juneteenth!

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