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“None of us is free until all of us are free”

It took 2-1/2 years for the Emancipation Proclamation  to be declared and enforced in the last southern outlier of Galveston, Texas. While it became official on Jan. 1, 1863 via an executive order from President Lincoln, adequate Union troops did not arrive to implement the federal orders in Texas until 1865. The order was publicly read on June 19th in Galveston by Gen. Granger (after the official surrender of Gen. Lee in April 1865).  This paved the way for ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865, officially abolishing slavery in law in the United States.

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in America commemorating the end of slavery. It is a day to honor the culture, history, and achievements of African Americans. It also serves as a call to action for everyone, to remain proactively engaged in the eternal work of ensuring that the rights of all people are protected.

There are many events to choose from on Saturday Juneteenth 2021 in cities all over Minnesota. A few examples are the MN Black Box Bazaar from 10-4 at the Hopkins Arts Center, which will be a pop-up marketplace of black owned businesses; or the Choose Love MN event from 1-3 at Target Field Plaza, to”unite minds, bodies and souls” with yoga (bring a mat) and vendors (led by black and women owned business collaborative); or the Woodbury Road To Equality festival from 11-2 at Ojibway Park with speakers, booths, kids activities, food truck to name a few. There are many great events published for Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Edina, Plymouth, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Rochester just to name a few more. Do a search online in your community and go do stuff!