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.

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