Today marks the 150th anniversary of the day that slaves were liberated. Although the Emancipation Proclamation ordered slaves to be freed in 1963, the final proclamation was not made in Texas until June 19, 1965.
With recent issues with race which has taken place over the last few years, it is times like this that really make us think about how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go. Particularly with the massacre that took place 2 days ago. While we continue to grieve, reconnect, and work to prevent the ending of Black lives, we can still celebrate in part the obstacles we have overcome.
After dealing with the fairly pleasant 90s & coming into 2008 with a Black president, we felt on an extreme high as a people. We began to consider that the worst behind us. Unfortunately we have had many reminders since that racism is still alive and well.
On the bright side, Black representation has increased on TV and thanks to Black Twitter our voices are being heard. The movement is still in effect, working to insure that America and its laws declare once and for all that Black Lives Matter. With everything else going on it is okay to take time today and celebrate our independence day.
The next Black Out Day will be Sunday. For those unfamiliar, Black Out Days are days where we celebrate ourselves as Black people by posting pictures of ourselves and celebrating our beauty. Add to the beauty and celebration of ourselves with your own pics and the hashtag #BlackOutDay.
Happy Juneteenth, y’all! For more information on the history go to www.juneteenth.com & also be on the look out for events celebrating near you. If you are in or around Chicago, you can come out to the A. Philip Randolph Porter Museum in Pullman tomorrow afternoon for the Juneteenth celebration.