Juneteenth, June 19th, marks the day that the all slaves were freed. Although President Lincoln had freed all people through Emancipation Proclamation, it did not take effect instantly. From January 1, 1963 - June 19, 1965, slavery still existed throughout the South. It was not until Major General Gordan Granger reached Texas to enforce the law, that all the slaves were finally freed.
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” —General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865
Juneteenth is not a National recognized holiday, that is not up to me. June 19th is very important to remember for many reasons. First we need to remember what our people had to go through for us to get were we are today. The sacrifices, pain, and beyond our imagination suffering, they went through is something that can easily be taken for granted. Secondly it reminds us of the continuing battle and uphill struggle that we face today. Not only as Black People in this country, but all minority and oppressed groups in this country. So as another Juneteenth passes, take a little time to remember the struggle and to continue to press on.