Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth flag: red, black, green stripes reading Juneteenth in gold.

If you think Juneteenth is the Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas back in 1965... think again. Juneteenth is a lot more than that. It recognizes a wonderful moment of freedom and the start of the pride rising of the black community.  

What Do We Really Celebrate On Juneteenth?

The  Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, but we don't celebrate this date until two-and-a-half years later, where in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865 more than 250,000 slaves finally conquered their independence against the rebels.

It has been more than 156 years after this victory, and yet we are still fighting racism and civil rights among other struggles related to equality and justice. This holiday remind us that our work is not done yet. 

People of Color were freed, however... they were left free with nowhere to go and with no guidance on what to do, or how to do it. Even though still broadly discriminated, they still manage to start building their future. Every black person today, is the extension of those strong souls. All those men and women who bravely and proudly survived oppression and today, we honor them.

Proud Points to Highlight During this Holiday

Emancipation Proclamation 1863

President Abraham Lincoln declared that all slaves in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” This document applied only to enslaved people in the Confederacy, but it definitively contributed to the subsequent abolition of slavery.

13th Amendment 1863-1865

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution formally abolished slavery in the United States. It states that ”Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Although this was done in 1865, still took two additional ammendments to get increased rights granted by the 1791 Bill of Rights to former slaves, and their right to vote in 1870.

Juneteenth - June 19, 1965

Juneteenth is considered the Second United States Celebration of Independence by our Black Community. 

Greenwood District 1900-1942

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma the Greenwood District also knows as "Black Wall Street" begin to emerge as a vibrant and sucessful economy and recognized as a black entrepenurial business center leaded by African American Entrepenuers. Although this vibrant space was totally destroyed in 1921 because of the social and economic tension, once again, black people rise from the ashes and they rebuilt Greenwood District and by 1942 was totally reclaimed.

Civil Rights Movement 1955

The Civil Rights Movement sparked after Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man in a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Then Martin Luther King Jr founded the Montgomery Improvement Association and after he became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. It was an empowering time for Black Americans. Civil Right Acts Legislations were approved in regards of the end of segregation laws, equal employment opportunities, banning all voter literacy tests, and provide fair housing for all. 

Black Panther Party 1966

Originally called Black Panther Party for Self Defense, this party was created to patrol African American neighborhoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality. Sounds familiar? In time it transforms into an organization that advocated for social reforms. They campaigned for prison reform, held voter registration drives, organized free food programs, opened free health clinics. Shortly after, violence within the party precipitate a major downfall. 

Black Lives Matter 2013

Initiated in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin back in 2012. From that point it grew as a national and worldwide movement and has spearheaded demonstrations protesting police brutality and systematic racism that overwhelmingly effects the Black community.

Who we look up to during Juneteenth

Take a minute to reflect on how far we have come, and at the same time, how much more we need to achieve. Let's not forget these figures that helped shaped the accomplishments of activism.

Who we look up to during Juneteenth

Take a minute to reflect on how far we have come, and at the same time, how much more we need to achieve. Let's not forget these figures that helped shaped the accomplishments of activism.

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“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglass, American Abolitionist.