The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t end slavery. The end of the Civil War didn’t end slavery. The order issued in Texas by a Union general on June 19, 1865 did. We call that day Juneteenth and we celebrate it every year. But this year isn’t like most years.
This year we’ve seen weeks of protests against police brutality, systemic racism, and white supremacy, all sparked by murders that seemed to jolt the world into realizing that while slavery may have ended in 1865, its legacy lives on.
So this Juneteenth let’s celebrate and support this growing nationwide movement to commit to fight openly and honestly with that history for justice for all.