June 19th, 1865 is the date in which the state of Texas finally recognized the freedom of our black brothers and sisters by Federal order. The United States had been engaged in a Civil War when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the Confederate states on September 22nd, 1862.
Beginning in 1863, any slave who could escape from the South into the North would be considered free. At least 7 southern states attempted to secede from the Union because of their belief that states should be allowed to write their own laws about slavery, and the Confederate states lost the war.
Texas was the most remote of the 7 states which attempted to secede the Union; even though the Civil War had been considered over in April of 1865, Texans wouldn't recognize African American Freedom until after reading said order in June. Thus, June 19th or Juneteenth commemorates the day in which all slaves in the US were considered to be free.
Though we are taught the Emancipation Proclamation was signed to free all slaves, history can be misleading as some historians highlight this move to be a war maneuver used to weaken the Confederacy restoring the Union. All slaves would not be truly considered free until the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on December 18th, 1865.
This Friday is June 19th, and Black Humboldt along with the Eureka Chapter of the The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has organized a virtual event to celebrate Juneteenth. Streaming on Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Radio, and Television, please tune in to witness and celebrate freedom via an interactive discussion featuring our local POC community here in Humboldt County.
Black Humboldt is bringing us Uni Q Mical, writer performer and Professor from Humanistic Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. Uni Q Mical will facilitate a discussion providing deeper understanding into the context of US history pertaining to the rise of black culture, as well as offering a space to witness one another. We will also hear from Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa of freequencyspeaks.com, a highly sought after Kenyan immigrant teacher artist performer and leader.
Event Details: https://www.blackhumboldt.com/2020-juneteenth-celebration
Event Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/476690483120888/
Zoom Meeting ID: 328 941 2424
Television: Humboldt Local Channel AH11
Additional Info Pulled from Juneteenth Event Page authored by Black Humboldt:
This event will feature local POC led workshops, music, performances and informational Knowledge for Power sessions. We will also be hosting a virtual vending space for POC owned businesses in Humboldt County. The day will present history, educational topics and themes surrounding Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.This holiday is one that is very important and empowering for Black and Brown communities all over the united states but especially for Humboldt County, as Black people currently only take up 2% of the population. This small population struggles to create and maintain representation as an equal part of the community in comparison to the majority white community. Black history is a part of The United States’ history and is important to celebrate as we create safe spaces and inclusion for POC communities in Humboldt County.
Create safe inclusive space for Black and POC Communities.
Celebrate and educate on the history of Juneteenth.
Create safe spaces to host conversations around race, equity, white supremacy and systematic oppression.
Spend time with each other while respecting social distancing.
Highlight POC community members, artists and educators.
Fundraiser for the POC business sector.
For more information and workshop schedule please follow this link: https://www.blackhumboldt.com/2020-juneteenth-celebration
Looks like it's going to be a great event,
I'm looking forward to it sincerely,
This Promo Blog was written by Anthony DeLuca of AnthonyJosephDeLuca.com about Black Humboldt and the Eureka NAACP organized virtual event Juneteenth this Friday 6/19/2020, and donated to RhapsodicGlobal.org!