Juneteenth, the fight for equality isn't over

Juneteenth, the fight for equality isn't over

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Juneteenth is a celebration honoring the day when slaves were legally freed in the United States. President Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation on January 1st 1863, but it wasn't until June 19th 1865 that the news was announced in Galveston, Texas. 

Despite a lack of federal recognition, Juneteenth has lived on mostly through an array of traditions like festivals and parades. A.J McCleod is a member of the East Lubbock Community Alliance and said new generations aren't aware of the struggles and hardships black leaders faced in years past.

"When you think about it the people who wrote the books, were the people with the pens and paper and who had the ability to read, so now if we don't tell that story , that is just left out in the dust," said McCleod. "It is really important that our kids understand where they come from and a sense of pride of what they should be and what they could be."

In 1980, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth a state holiday. Now, 45 states plus the District of Columbia observe the commemoration.

 

 

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