As it pertains to equal rights, this week we have much to celebrate. There have been many hard fought and won victories throughout history, such as the one marked by today – Juneteenth, the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on this date in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; which had become official January 1, 1863, but had not been fully realized or embraced nationwide.
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom and remember that while we’ve come a long way, there’s still much more work to do on equality.