June 19, 2021

Juneteenth

 "It was June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers finally made it to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect two years earlier and set free enslaved people in the U.S.  It's hard to imagine what that day must have meant to those finding out the news of emancipation for the first time.  There must have been tears and shouts of joy. laughter and singing, shock and disbelief, praising God and dancing everywhere.  Freedom, Freedom, O Freedom!
"The celebration of this day, referred to as Juneteenth, began a year later in Galveston, Texas, in mostly church-led community events and has been commemorated ever since in Black communities across the country." 
     -- from the newsletter of the National Christian Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC).
 
Congress this week established Juneteenth (June 19) 
as a federal holiday.