3 Action Steps for Juneteenth 2020

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Action Step #1: Learn the History

The following text is by Derrick Bryson Taylor from the piece "So You Want to Learn About Juneteeth?" via nytimes.com

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas

Credit: Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) - Public Domain

Action Step #2: Join the Registry @ www.juneteenth.com/registry.htm

"Join the National Juneteenth Register and become part of the world wide Juneteenth community database. As the number of celebrations continue to grow, it is important that we document and quantify the impact of Juneteenth celebrations across the country. It's quick and easy - and best of all it's free!Just select your registration type and click on the link which will take you to the appropriate form."

Action Step #3: Celebrate@ NAACP's "BLACK FAMILY REUNION": naacp.org/juneteenth/

"Join us for a special Black Family Reunion event as we honor the lives we’ve lost this year, uplift our collective movement for civil rights, and remember the moments that make us proud to be Black. As we come together, we want to hear from you. Please share your stories of wisdom, encouragement and support, or challenges you may be facing, and we may use them during the event on YouTube."

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