Happy Juneteenth, Ello 🖤!
Today, we celebrate #Juneteenth on Ello. For those who don’t know the historical significance and importance of this now official US National Holiday of independence, check out what it’s all about below:
“On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger arrived with Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, and announced to enslaved Africans Americans that the Civil War had ended and they were free — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
The holiday, which gets its name from the combination of June and Nineteenth, is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day.
Juneteenth is a necessary moment of observation because our government and, to a certain degree, our nation, and our culture has not really acknowledged the trauma of 4 million enslaved people and their descendants. It hasn’t acknowledged the impact this institution has had on this country and continues to have on this country. There hasn’t been any real national accounting, and the Juneteenth holiday is kind of a reminder and acknowledgement of that. And it will continue to be a reminder and a haunting until we do.
...The faith, determination, and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves is an example of why, at least once a year, Black families need to make it an occasion to talk about and document their lineage and the ancestors who slaved for their freedom. Do this so your children will know their true history.” - Carole L. Taylor, Boulder, Colorado (mother of @mayah).
Celebrate with us this Juneteenth as a new official US Holiday. Finally.
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