By Alicia Williams
Despite Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in 1863, it wouldn’t be until two years later on June 19, 1865, that Union Army General Gordon Granger would come riding into Galveston, Texas to announce the complete emancipation and freedom of all enslaved African-Americans.
This day, referred to as Juneteenth (also, Freedom Day and Black Independence Day), has been honored in Black communities for more than 150 years. Participation in Juneteenth celebrations grew throughout the years, but this year with civil unrest, and a call for social change for Black people, Juneteenth may look a bit different.
For over 20 days now, there have been ongoing protests in nearly all 50 states with demands for justice for the recent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and many other unarmed black people at the hands of the police. The streets are in a state of unrest until true change is shown. Black people are also protesting ...