This weekend has been very special to many because the celebration of Juneteenth brings back precious memories of growing up Black in America:
- Struggles of our Black great-grandparents whose suffering finally gained freedom for us during slavery
- The momentum of the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the helm
- The signing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Bill in the mid-60’s by President Lyndon B. Johnson
- Affirmative Action in the early 70’s
- The Martin Luther King National Holiday in the mid-80’s
- The election of Barack Obama as the first Black President in 2008
- The marches around the world after the death of George Floyd in 2020
- and in 2021, Juneteenth itself becoming a National Holiday.
Personally, I love Juneteenth because the celebration brings me closer to both of my deceased parents who taught me the real meaning of what it is to be black; brings me closer to my friends who appreciate and respect me for my blackness; and brings me closer to the times we live in – times that need strong black voices, like mine, to lead us into a better, more inclusive future.