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History: Happy Juneteenth.

posted on June 19th 2010 in Frolaborators & History & Living & Sharing & Thoughts with 5 Comments

Been In This Game For Years

June 19th, 1865 marks the day that the last slaves were freed and is referred to as “Juneteenth.” Growing up, my parents were always heading to a Juneteenth celebration in Maryland, Virginia or South Carolina. Now living on the west coast, I haven’t felt that there is the same kind of connection to ‘black history’ as you feel when in the south. And historically, that makes since. It also doesn’t seem like our younger generation spends much time remembering these ‘slave’ holidays but I think its worth mentioning, especially if you don’t know anything about it! Take a little time to think about the ‘freedom’ we are now born with and what you’ve been able to do with it and what you’re not doing with it! Freedom ain’t free! Do something with it! We’ve come a long way but there is still much progress to make – we all have a part to play! Just stay wit it. Here’s a link to a Time magazine brief history on the day and google it for more info if you’re interested.

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  • Rubix

    commented on June 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

    What was Barak doing yesterday?

  • Senor Kaos

    commented on June 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Great Post. This needs to be a regular celebrated Holiday just as Independence Day.

  • Lola

    commented on June 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I’m late but if you’re on the west coast (california specifically) you should make it out to East Palo Alto, CA. That’s my hometown and we have a MAJOR Juneteenth celebration every year. It’s normally followed by our Collard Green Festival.

  • Cynthia

    commented on June 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for the insight Jewels, I might just start a tradition of my own with little D. I what him to know he has two backgrounds!

  • Thank YAh thank ya 4 sharing :)

    commented on June 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

    word. spread it love. ssSoOO much…ughh…sho nuFF…we gon go? or no? bendOWn lOW lemme tell u wut i knOW. :D 1love… <3 mo steF!

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