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Submitted by: Teresa Jenkins

A timely message from Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Democratic Party of Charlotte County:

Juneteenth, (“June” plus “nineteenth”) sometimes called “Jubilee,” indicates the year of freedom from enslavement, or even more simply “Freedom Day.” It is also referred to Black Independence Day.

It was June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas with official news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free.

Watch this NBC News video to learn more about Juneteenth. You may first have to live through a 30 second ad.

Today, more than 154 years later, Juneteenth-centered activities are experiencing phenomenal growth and flourishing within communities and organizations throughout the country.

We can never ignore or forget the bloody path America took by delaying freedom and deferring the fulfillment of the simple words in General Granger’s General Order Number 3: “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.”

While Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, the wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, is crushing our spirits and reminding us of the stark reality that the fight for racial justice, equality and freedom for BLACK LIVES continues.