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| By Gale Staff |

Juneteenth is a day of celebration and communing with family and friends, commemorating the official end of slavery in the United States, which occurred on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it wasn’t implemented in Texas until Union soldiers and Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to enforce the law, over two years later.

这是标志着在全国范围内与野餐,家庭聚会,游行,并常常社区奖的日子。六月节庆祝自由与弹性,它是象征性的东西需要改变,哪些需要坚持 - 结束的有色人种全身边缘化,和美国人民的颁布这一变​​化的持续能力。

As Juneteenth is celebrated this year, we recognize the current nation-wide civil unrest as the outpouring of our intolerance for the ill effects and gross inequities of our systems. The demonstrations send a clear message that many more changes are needed.

As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote inWhat is Juneteenth?:

By choosing to celebrate thelastplace in the South that freedom touched—reflecting the mystical glow of history and lore, memory and myth, as Ralph Ellison evoked in his posthumous novel,Juneteenth—we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path America took by delaying it and deferring fulfillment of those simple, unanticipating words in Gen. Granger’s original order No. 3: that “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.”

My hope this Juneteenth is that we never forget it.

Excerpt from什么是六月节?
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Originally posted onThe Root


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