Unity & Progress – Juneteenth 2024

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were finally declared free. This historic moment is commemorated as Juneteenth, a day that is both a recognition of independence and a reminder of the change that still needs to be made.

Juneteenth is a celebration of independence and progress, as well as a reminder that progress moves slow. Institutions – as antiquated and evil as they may be in the public consciousness – are not undone overnight. There is always work to be done. 

You can read more about Juneteenth and the history of the holiday here. There is also a fantastic book that presents an un-whitewashed American history by Michael Harriot you can find here. It is a captivating and informative account of American history through an honest lens. Please also reference these community and online resources for communities of color:

 

It’s also relevant that Willie Mays, a hero for multiple generations of baseball fans in New York and San Francisco, died yesterday at the age of 93. Mays, a 24-time all-star, played in the Negro Leagues for the first two years of his career. until the (then New York) Giants signed him in 1950. His impact and experience serve as a reminder that segregation is very much recent history, and that progress is still warranted, beautiful, and unifying.