• Jose S. Gutierrez Jr.

JUNETEENTH - AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM

Juneteenth - a celebration of freedom for ALL Americans and champions of freedom.


JUNETEENTH CELEBRATES THE ‘ACTUAL’ DAY OF EMANCIPATION OF ENSLAVED BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICANS


It was a scorching hot south Texas day on June 18, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger and his 2,000 troops came marching and galloping in on horses into the port town of Galveston. The Black and White Americans gazing upon these soldiers entrance into town possibly had no clue of what was to come along with this command of Union troops.


It was only about two-and-a-half years earlier on January 1, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln issued the famous, Emancipation Declaration – a federal statement proclaiming that Black Americans (and no Americans, other than those convicted of crimes) would no longer be under the yoke of slavery as property of another person or institution. This federal mandate would turn the tide of the U.S. Civil War, finally allowing African-Americans to join the U.S. military forces of the Union – as some Blacks actually fought on the side of the Confederacy as well. None the less, the Emancipation Proclamation would not be received with open arms everywhere – the Confederate states in the south maintained their independence and yearn for the grasp of their ‘southern heritage and way of life’, which of course meant keeping strong the institution of slavery. Thus, enter on General Gordon Granger.


Major General Granger in his dutiful role, so far from Union headquarters issued a statement in the town square, proclaiming news that the war had ended and that the enslaved among us are now free. According to recorded accounts, what ensued next was ‘jubilation’ over a two-day span from June 18 to June 19. In other words, an instant party ignited and a new holiday was christened in the name of ‘actual freedom’ – not the kind that people talk about, but do not act upon.



African-American Texans, celebrating 'Freedom Day' aka Juneteenth in the year 1900.


Maybe the most significant element of Juneteenth other than its finality is the fact, that portions of the United States of America willfully ignored the Emancipation Proclamation and kept Black people in bondage in stern, strong and arrogant defiance for two and a half more years – subjugating human beings to the torturous, inhumane and dehumanizing existence of slavery, to maintain a way of life. Never again.

Maybe the most significant element of Juneteenth other than its finality is the fact, that portions of the United States of America willfully ignored the Emancipation Proclamation and kept Black people in bondage in stern, strong and arrogant defiance for two and a half more years – subjugating human beings to the torturous, inhumane and dehumanizing existence of slavery, to maintain a way of life. Never again.

In the current day, Juneteenth is celebrated in communities all over the United States of America and beyond – from neighborhoods, schools and even in prisons and correctional facilities. Below is a list of some places where you can participate in celebrating and observing Juneteenth in the Puget Sound.


YMCA of Greater Seattle Juneteenth Potluck

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ymca-of-greater-seattle-juneteenth-potluck-honoring-the-past-celebrating-the-present-anticipating-tickets-62608044346


Free Juneteenth Storytelling In Southeast Seattle

https://sessc.org/events/special-events/


NAACP Snohomish County Juneteenth Celebration

https://www.facebook.com/events/2044856159149331/

#BlackGirlsRollerskate


Juneteenth Celebration

https://www.facebook.com/events/458991868034631/


Juneteenth Community BBQ

https://www.facebook.com/events/2518062248258813/


Renton Juneteenth Celebration

https://www.rentonwa.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=7922757


Linda Sweezer Memorial Juneteenth Festival & Celebration

https://www.kentwa.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1909/587


First Christian Church of Olympia Juneteenth Celebration

https://www.firstchristianolympia.org/event/juneteenth-sunday/


Puget Sound Anarchists Juneteenth Prison Letter-Writing Event (June 18) in Olympia


The 9th Annual Nicholas Maurice Woods / Juneteenth Capital City Classic Memorial Weekend (June 14-16) in Lacey/Olympia


Jose S. Gutierrez Jr.

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