JUNE 19, 2022
Today, we celebrate liberation and honor Black history.
“Emancipation wasn’t a gift bestowed on [enslaved peoples]; it was something they took for themselves, the culmination of their long struggle for freedom, which began as soon as chattel slavery was established in the 17th century, and gained even greater steam with the Revolution and the birth of a country committed, at least rhetorically, to freedom and equality. In fighting that struggle, [B]lack Americans would open up new vistas of democratic possibility for the entire country.”
Jamelle Bouie, “Why Juneteenth Matters”
The New York Times, June 18, 2020