Happy Black Independence Day!

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, a day more important to descendants of Africans than the Fourth of July.  (Read Frederick Douglass’ classic speech, “What is the Fourth of July to the Negro?”)  In fact, Juneteenth is also called Black Independence Day.  On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended.  About 250,000 Texan slaves had no idea that their freedom had been secured by the Union, a little more than two months after the end of the Civil War.

About ezwaters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on Amazon.com.
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1 Response to Happy Black Independence Day!

  1. Dawn Ravella says:

    It’s a great day! Also Glen was born on June 19, and Kevin Bartley came home June 19.

    Dr. Dawn Ravella
    Director of Mission & Outreach
    The Reformed Church of Bronxville
    180 Pondfield Rd
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    914-337-6776 ext 114
    dawn@reformedchurch.org

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