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Juneteenth – Movement for Black Lives
Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21
Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S. This Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all our people.
Check out this toolkit to TAKE ACTION for Juneteenth this week: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hnl1WhS7aCmGCmymgYDhV6WMpcg1es97Jk6tvYpo60k/edit
Background: The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by Lincoln in September 1862, and effective January 1, 1863. It did not apply to all enslaved Americans and news of it was suppressed. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, (about 2 1/2 years later), when the proclamation was read aloud by a Union Army general in Texas so that black communities in Texas learned that they were all free.