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Juneteenth: A Day of Celebration and a Call to Action

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates a pivotal moment in American history—the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom, marking the official end of slavery in the United States.

This announcement would arrive two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, highlighting the delay in freedom for many enslaved individuals.

Juneteenth is not only a time to remember the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought for freedom but also a day to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and achievements of African Americans. It is a day for reflection, education, and unity, reminding us of the ongoing journey toward equality and justice for all.

As we honor Juneteenth, let us also reflect on the question: Are we truly free? While Juneteenth marks a monumental step toward liberation, the fight against systemic racism and inequality continues. Freedom is not only a historical milestone but an ongoing pursuit.

Today, we celebrate.

Tomorrow, let us recommit to the work required to achieve true freedom and equity for all.


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