Yesterday was an important day, June 19th, which is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, and commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Juneteenth is an official holiday in thirteen other states.
Derrick Strickland, aka Doughboi, hosted a special show last week to honor this important holiday. Listen to it here.
To explain the significance of the holiday, Derrick sent me this passage from Juneteenth.com:
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due.
In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
© 1996-2007 Juneteenth.com.
Until Derrick contacted me about his Juneteenth show, I was most familiar with the name from the novel Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison, a novel that discusses the rituals and events surrounding this holiday, and appreciate him alerting me of its significance for all of us.
Thank you Derrick for your contributions to BlogTalkRadio.