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JUNETEENTH | Freedom Day!

by Endy Collazo on June 19, 2020

POP BAG Honors Juneteenth


Today is freedom day.  We celebrate Juneteenth, the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two years earlier on January 1,1863, many slave-holders continued to hold enslaved people captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth is a date representing African American freedom.

Today, we’re making it a goal for Juneteenth to become a National holiday. Although it is the oldest celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery, it is still not recognized as a national holiday. 

Please join us, sign this petition to make Juneteenth a National Holiday: http://chng.it/khTxcGRG4C

On this day, as we celebrate freedom, we continue to fight for equality. Let's continue to spread knowledge and take action to be the change we want to see.

Here are some ways we'll be reflecting on today’s historical significance, and we encourage you to do so as well:

- Support Black-owned businesses 
    
- Find local Black-Owned restaurants in your area with EatOkra

- Support Black-Owned bookstores across the country
    

Take action:

- Want to use your voice? Search for protests in your area facilitated by Black-led organizations

- Call your government, demand justice for the lives that we continue to lose

- Use today to read or recommend a book by Black writers, read the Emancipation Proclamation (if you have not done so), educate, teach and speak to your friends and families about Juneteenth. 

- Recommend not turning this day into a day of service. It is a celebration of the end of forced, brutal, unpaid labor. Allow it to be restful and celebratory. 

To learn more about this celebratory day visit: Juneteenth.com 

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