Happy Juneteenth today and every day as we continually acknowledge and celebrate the African American freedom our country experienced on June 19, 1865.
Moreover, while Juneteenth became a recognized, federal holiday in 2021, African Americans continually experience inequitable environments along with barriers. However, it’s the continual acknowledgment and celebration of our freedom, that our African American diaspora communities highlight on Juneteenth and throughout the year. Nonetheless, while there is much work to be done, I am hopeful that each community will lend itself to creating equitable opportunities and environments so that everyone is welcomed with the liberty to thrive and live. This is creating equitable environments and this is a practice of humanity.
Black & Thriving
June 19, 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Texas finally received word: They were free. “The fight for true freedom ever since has been continuous and full of barriers. Freedom is a thread, and a fight, woven through this nation's history and current political climate. In spite of attempts to limit our access to the ballot box, the economy, and basic civil rights - we thrive.
This Juneteenth, take action to celebrate and ensure true freedom for all.” (NAACP.org)
Moreover, as we honor Juneteenth, please continue to create equitable environments.
Have a Blessed and safe Juneteenth this day and every day!
Always with Blessings,
~ President Yolanda Frazier
NAACP Vancouver Washington