June 19,1865, Galveston, Texas. News of the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered by General Gordon Granger. “All slaves are free,” he declared more than two years after the law was passed. From there the news spread as fast (or as slow) as humans and horses could carry it. One hundred fifty-one years have passed since that day. As a small child, I remember my father telling me about Juneteenth, the day black people celebrated their freedom. This was before the civil rights movement, before it was safe for people of color to throw big celebrations. They celebrated anyway and the celebrations grew to be known nationwide. Now we all celebrate the ending of the lawful holding of a human as property. Let us continue to grow in tolerance and love for all humans. Happy Juneteenth!!!!

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