We hope you and your loved ones are continuing to stay safe and healthy as COVID-19 continues to impact lives each day. The month of June has arrived and there is a special celebration that ACCT wants to highlight, acknowledge and share with you all… Today is Juneteenth!
Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of the institution of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800’s. Today we want to share with you the significance of this holiday, one we can all celebrate together.
The Emancipation Proclamation was declared on January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, but it wasn’t until almost two and a half years later, on June 19th, 1865, that the news was delivered to slaves in Galveston, Texas by Union General Gordon Granger. That’s where this holiday gets it’s name, from combining June and nineteenth! This day was monumental for American history and continues to hold significance today.
Today we can celebrate the strength and resilience of our African American brothers and sisters here in the United States, and our brothers and sisters in Uganda. Please continue to stand in solidarity for justice and human rights for all.
We wish you well!
Lindsey Morgan, and the whole ACCT family