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Celebrating Juneteenth : The Fight For Justice & Equality For Black Continues

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In 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Known as  Juneteenth this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized & still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of  Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope & urgent organizing in uncertain times. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control, some enslaved people would not be free until much later. For more than 250,000 African Americans, June 19, 1865, signaled the final day of their enslavement. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, Texas had yet to officially recognize the President’s executive order

 

 

 

 

 

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