Juneteenth is remembered and celebrated as the day slavery ended, in practice, in the Untied States -- two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX with Union troops, beginning the enforcement to end slavery in the state We can only create a brighter, more just future when we face where we’ve been. The legacy of slavery and racism in the United States is deep and continues to shape our communities today. We are all called to be a part of dismantling white supremacy and ensuring equitable justice for all. We can start by remembering our history and learning from it. As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, let us continue to advocate for policies and practices that honor the humanity and dignity of our black and brown brothers and sisters.
Today, Juneteenth is celebrated around the country including here in Minnesota. To learn more about this history (and see a familiar face from SJA), check out the video. Happy holiday everyone!