Happy Juneteenth, #RRBC #RWISA!

For those who don’t know, we feel it our duty to enlighten you…

Juneteenth is a Texas state holiday celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free.  (Wikipedia).  

Since the place-holder in the White House has stated that no one knew about this awesome day of celebration before he mentioned it, I stand here today to dispel that fallacy .  Again, you don’t have to be of color to know about and stand in celebration of this day.

We suggest and invite you to dig deeper into this special holiday and the history behind it.  

#SilenceIsNoLongerGolden

#SilenceIsOnlyGoldenInMovieTheaters

#SilenceIsNotAnOption

Tell us, did you know about Juneteenth before last week?

15 thoughts on “Happy Juneteenth, #RRBC #RWISA!”

  1. Thanks for this very timely and relevant post, Nonnie. As writers and readers, we need to stay on top of these critically important issues. Many were ignorant about Juneteenth – thanks for the enlightenment!

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  2. I learned about Juneteenth a few years ago when I noticed it on my calendar and looked it up. I remember thinking it was weird that it was listed on the calendar when the dates of the notification to the other states wasn’t listed, but I realized it was the last state to receive notification. It has never been celebrated on a grand scale before, but I’m glad it’s getting the attention now. It’s important that our citizens learn about our history – the good, the bad, and the horrific.

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  3. Hi Nonnie, I too have known about Juneteenth for may years. I have worked in a diversified enviironment for the last 30 years. During one of my roles, I had several on my staff who were black and unaware of the history. We celebrated it that year over lunch and spoke of the importance of it. It is not a subject that is studied in public schools in most states, so it is up to the parents to open the subject and provide honest communication.

    One thing I have found about history is the relating of the facts are based on the author, not necessarily the participants. Juneteenth should be observed and added to junior high in my opinion. Thanks for bringing up the topic, Nonnie. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Juneteenth has been a topic of discussion among not just my coworkers and friends, but also the community I live in. They’ve even planned celebrations to honor this day. Much like what Shirley said, so many critical points of history were left out of our schooling. Thankfully, I’ve been able to do my own research and educate myself. (Thank the Good Lord I enjoy reading and researching!) I come from a town with a horrific history, some of which I’ve only recently learned, but there’s a lot of good here too. I’m trying to be a part of that good. Thank you for sharing!!

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  5. I have to say that I did know about Juneteenth but didn’t know the real meaning of what it stood for. I am a woman of color and should have known but unfortunately black history was taken from all of us and has been distorted. If we don’t know our history, we are doomed to repeat it. Ignorance has created what we have today and that was by design. Rarely being exposed to positive contributions, forced me to believe that my race was not smart and never contributed anything positive to the country. It forced me to question who I was, but fortunately, I had a mother who drilled into me and my siblings positive self-worth. Thank God she did because I always knew I was just as good as anybody.

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  6. Hi, Nonnie. I did know what Juneteenth was before today and have known for years. Looking back on the time period and methods of communication, it is no wonder it took so long for the Emancipation message to reach Texas from Washington DC. Thank you for the post and have a GREAT day!

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    1. Hi, Jan! Well, good for you! I’ve none about Juneteenth for some time, having been born (but not raised) in Texas but with the times, it seems that it holds special meaning for the world – if not to some, it should. With everything going on now, I stand firm in that you don’t have to be “of color” to care about and stand for these issues. I’m proof of that.

      #SilenceIsNoLongerOurOption

      You have an amazing day, as well, Jan!

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