June 19, 1865 marks the day when news of emancipation and the Civil War's end finally reached the last group of slaves in America.
Juneteenth celebrates a belated liberation for Black people in America. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1,1863, It would take nearly two and a half years for Lincoln's Proclamation to be relayed to Texas.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Largerly considered America's second Independence Day, It is often celebrated on the third Sunday in June, in 47 states. Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. On Juneteenth we come together young and old to listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one step closer together.
Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for all. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities - as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend.
African Americans were often prohibited from using public facilities for their celebrations, so they were often held at churches or near water. Celebrations were also characterized by elaborate large meals and people wearing their best clothing.
This year, celebrate Juneteenth with Ahiah by honoring Black history
Listen or sing along to "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"
often referred to as the Black National Anthem, performed by Committed
"Still I Rise" read by our own Marcia Bradhsaw RScP Emeritus
Juneteenth is a reminder that, "nobody is free until everybody is free."