Originally published 6/19/21. Revised 6/19/23

We’ve come a long way, America!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Fredrick Douglass and other abolitionists, as well as the Republican Party, Union soldiers, and President Abraham Lincoln, Juneteenth Day is possible. These individuals led the way to the freedom of enslaved people (of all races) in America.

Life is short. As I study more World and American History, I realize the importance of fulfilling our purpose while we can. We will never know the extent to which our finite actions influence others but we can be certain that God has a plan of omniscience. Obedience to our callings in life impacts unknown aspects of humanity. We can only thank God for those that respond for the greater good.

As Americans we can also celebrate that we live in the only nation that fought a war to end slavery! So why aren’t we celebrating Jubilee Day, too, as a nation?

For as long as I can remember we (members of the NAACP) celebrated Jubilee day on the first Sunday of January to commemorate the emancipation proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. I haven’t been active in the NAACP for years now, but I am grateful that we used to do that because it stuck with me. I truly hope the organization still celebrates on the first Sunday.

As a Floridian it is most important to me and I hope to other natives of the southernmost state that on the 20th of May in 1865, General Edward McCook read the emancipation proclamation in Tallahassee, Florida, acknowledging that slaves were free! My question is whether we should celebrate May Twentieth Day here in the sunshine state as well?

My family in Kentucky celebrates that state’s acknowledgment of the emancipation proclamation on the Eighth of August. Back in the day when my mother was young and would visit Kentucky during the summer, she said this was an amazing affair.

So although I am grateful that on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger notified Texans that the slaves were free, I wonder why can’t we celebrate them all?

Let’s celebrate them all!!! Happy Freedom from Slavery!!!

In the words of Bob Woodson, “Black Americans have never been defined by slavery.” And if we follow Jesus and accept Him as our savior, we know we are also spiritually free. ❤️🙏🏽❤️

Images are from History.com.

1 thought on “JUNETEENTH DAY!

  1. Marisa Mack

    Very informative Leah! For everything they suffered and experienced I am thankful there is a national recognition of their “freedom” that we remember and celebrate! Yes!!Praise God for even greater , Jesus makes us all spiritually free in the fallen world we live in,Hallelujah!!
    Happy Juneteenth!! ❤️💛💚


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