Juneteenth: A Realization

Over 150 years after the enslaved peoples of America received news of their freedom in Texas, the United States has made Juneteenth a national holiday. You’d be surprised, or not, on just how many people have never heard tell of Juneteenth.

The business that began on January 1, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was truly de facto by June 19, 1865.

What was the immediate aftermath of the freeing of the enslaved? Listen to the very voices of the formerly enslaved here and read here.



Jim Crow

Civil Rights Era

Modern Era

Now as always, we have the freedom to choose our path, which we built.


This is our situation! Happy Juneteenth!!

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