Thursday, June 19, 2008

Remember Juneteenth

"Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society."

Visit the official dimension:

Watch a brief video interview with 100 Black Men about Juneteenth.

PZ says:

Juneteenth is far more important than the pacifying the Bush administration calls Black Music Month. It's important to remain aware of our true historical legacies and why they are important. Shine on ~~~~~~*

Enjoy posts by Juneteenth Participators
(Let me know if you have a post and I will add it):



Anonymous said...

Peace Purple Zoe,

Can't you just feel the joy? I have that 'Moses' book you feature, and I do not have kids. :) I stumbled on it while looking for a present for a little friend.

Have a happy Juneteenth.

PurpleZoe said...

Peace ^_^

The vibes are good. Thankyou and Jose for initiating this. It's very important and not enough people have remembered it. We can change that.

Shine on Sisterstar

DP said...

Nice post, Happy Juneteenth.


Unknown said...

All it takes is one person to make a difference. We are making a difference by sharing our thoughts on Juneteenth with our blog readers...

peace, Villager

PurpleZoe said...

Peace DP and Villager *_^

Thanks for stopping through. I just got back online and am stopping by your blogs right now.

Shine on

Unknown said...

Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. Americans of African descent were trapped in the tyranny of enslavement on the country's first "4th of July", 1776, Independence Day. We honor our ancestors, Americans of African descent, who heard the news of freedom and celebrated with great joy and jubilation, on the "19th of June", Juneteenth, 1865.

It took over 88 years for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.

The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign has worked diligently for several years to establish legislation in 29 states to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States. This has been a great accomplishment for the "Modern Juneteenth Movement" in America, reaching far beyond the establishment of Juneteenth as a state holiday in the place were it all began, in Texas, first celebrated in 1980.

Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

zoe said...

hah, this is fun. purple zoe...just a perfect name, i'd say