Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's Juneteenth ya'll...


Yeah, I'm late. I decided to commemorate all my emancipated liberties and whatnot by sitting on my hindparts reading a book and sipping tea. Thank you President Lincoln, appreciate ya! 

For those that don't know: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Since it's Saturday as well, here's a little video shout out. See what you think of this guy, Canton Jones, he's a contemporary gospel artist and his song Hello Sunshine talks about that feeling after you've come through the storm... kinda like Juneteenth. (see what I did there?) Enjoy...



So raise up your summer cocktail of choice and reflect on the fact that you are most likely not picking cotton, chained to a fence post or plotting your escape to the north. Sorry, I watched some of Roots last night...

4 comments:

BB Waite said...

I like it! And a Happy Juneteenth to you!

Sasha Stiletto said...

Ya'll take your Juneteenth seriously down here in the South. I love it!

ctn1luv said...

While I too have been celebrating emancipation by freely sitting on my behind and reading for pleasure (I'm a graduate student reading for pleasure is not something I get to do often) I am curious about the lack of public celebrations. I know there are some people and groups who honor this day in public ways but in comparison to Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick's Day, Juneteenth its shafted.

sunt97 said...

Up here we had a parade last week, but I don't think most people knew what it was for.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

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