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June 06, 2022

From its origin in Galveston, Texas in 1865, Juneteenth commemorates African American emancipation in the U.S. Why do you think it has taken so long for this day to become a holiday?

I believe that slavery is an enormous travesty in American history that many choose to, at best, overlook and at worst, completely deny. Juneteenth took so long to become a holiday for the same reason we are debating CRT being taught in school – erasure. It’s like someone who repeatedly physically or emotionally abuses someone asking their victim for a clean slate with which to start over. When people avoid accountability, they avoid their misdeeds. Acknowledging Juneteenth means we’ve taken a step towards beginning to acknowledge the irreparable harm slavery has done to our country. It took the world standing at attention in the wake of watching George Floyd’s murder and demanding accountability for this day to get the national acknowledgment that it has always deserved.

Will you be giving space to people who wish to celebrate? How does observing this day create more awareness?

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