Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Juneteenth

I really wanted to do a post about this yesterday, but I didn't even thing about it until I saw this post at Instapundit. Really that post is merely a link to a Wiki article about Juneteenth.

This holiday is normally celebrate on June 19th and it's significance is that in the state of Texas on that date in 1865 the Emancipation Proclamation was read to slaves there. Texas according to Wikipedia had largely resisted this document which was already in force since January 1, 1863.

Essentially this is a celebration regarding the ending of Slavery in the United States. It is however largely celebrated by blacks. For the most part however I know nothing about it or it's significances.

As a matter of fact many years ago there was a festival in my neighborhood park. There were like a little carnival in addition to some BBQ or what not. It was a lot of activity and that was a long time ago. So far there have been know observances that I know about in Chicago.

It's an obscure observance perhaps we should celebrate the end of slavery or Black culture. At that who says we need to only observe that during Black History Month. And of course on this day we can celebrate other aspects of the Black experience in this nation.

Perhaps next year we can have more to say about Juneteenth than it was a post on another blog that is merely a link to a wiki article. ;)

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