From its origin in Galveston, Texas, where soldiers of African descent chased Confederate troops out of Texas into Mexico and freed the enslaved in Texas, the observance of June 13-19th as African American Emancipation Week has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth pays tribute to African-American autonomy and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection, rejoicing, self-improvement and planning for the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue, as in cities across the country people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that has shaped our society and continues to influence it today.
Throughout human history, the struggle for equality has been noted for the courageous efforts of its participants against what often seem insurmountable odds.
To reclaim our connection to the community and recognize our common humanity are critical first steps for a healthier, more sustainable future.
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