Around the country, Americans celebrated the first federal-approved Juneteenth on Saturday.
Parades, picnics and historical lessons were offered on Saturday to commemorate June 16th in the United States. This day became even more important after Congress and President Joe Biden. Created a federal holiday Observe the end of slavery.
The new holiday was “really great. Detroit artist Hubert Massey, 63, is beginning to recognize the experience of African Americans.” But there’s a long way to go. “
In Detroit, where about 80% are black, students from the University Prep Art & Design School have evaded the rain and repainted Massey’s blockbuster message, “Power to the People,” created downtown Woodward Avenue last year.
The “o” in “power” was a red fist in memory of victims of excessive force by George Floyd and other police, Massey said.
“We made the original. Leaning on a long paint roller, 15-year-old Olivia Jones said,” It’s important for us to come back and share the same energy. “
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, two months after the Confederate surrender, when Union soldiers brought freedom news to enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas. There is. It has been about two and a half years since the Emancipation Proclamation released slaves in the southern states.
Biden signed a bill on Thursday to create Juneteenth’s Independence Day. The government monitored Friday’s holidays as June 19th hit Saturday. At least 9 states Designated by law as an official paid state holiday, all but one acted after the murder of a black Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
In Galveston, the birthplace of the holiday, a dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural entitled “Absolute Equality” was held at the celebration. Opal Lee, 94, who was by Biden when he signed the bill, returned to Fort Worth, Texas, for 2.5 miles, symbolizing the two and a half years it took the Texas slaves to know they were. I took a walk. Released.
Officials in Bristol, Rhode Island have released markers that explain the role of the port in the slave trade. Marker was placed in the Linden Place Museum, a mansion built by the slave trader General George Dewolf. The Rhode Island Slavery History Medallion Organization raises public awareness of the state’s role in slavery.
The streets of Fort Lauderdale, Florida were renamed Saturday for civil rights activists Harry and Harriette Moore. Harry is said to have registered more than 100,000 black voters. They were killed on Christmas 1951 (25th anniversary of marriage) when a bomb exploded under the bed.
The final scene of the movie about the couple, “The Price For Freedom,” was also filmed.
“They are ordinary people who have made extraordinary changes, and it’s an honor to pay tribute to them here in Broward County,” County Commissioner Dale VC Hornes said before the event.
Hundreds of people gathered for a free concert at Times Square in New York, hosted by the Broadway League, an industry group in the Broadway entertainment industry.
The Juneteenth parade was held in Evanston, Illinois. In the suburbs of Chicago, tax revenues from marijuana sales are used to provide housing subsidies to black residents for the protracted effects of past discrimination and slavery.
Rev. Al Sharpton, a Civil Rights Activist in New York Provided a strict message In his speech on the National Action Network, Senate Republicans who unanimously voted to make June 16 a federal holiday will change voting laws to make it easier to crack down on fraudulent police officers. He said the Democratic Party bill should also be supported.
“The Juneteenth celebration is not a party …. The way to deal with Juneteenth is to deal with the 2021 race location,” says Sharpton.
In Portland, Maine, Joe Kings said his great-grandmother was enslaved. He has a photo of her on the wall of his detail shop. As he has for years, Kings commemorated June 16th with barbecues for adults and activities for children.
“Knowing that it’s official is a bit more congratulatory,” Kings said of the annual tradition and new holidays. I’m not saying we were in the closet about it, but now Is more widely recognized, and more importantly, I understand. “