Did you know that America has TWO independence days? YUP and we are about to DO IT BIG by turning Juneteenth into a WEEKEND instead of a one day celebration on June 19th, 1865.
If you’d like to celebrate with us…read up (or watch the video below) and then SHOW UP to one of the events near you. If you want to help click here to sign up!
YES THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO THE COOKOUT….don’t mess this up!
The First Juneteenth
“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.” —General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865What Is Juneteenth?
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Originally posted on The Root