I am a stand that ‘nobody is free until everybody is free.’ I am a stand for peace and love and justice. I am a stand for my friends. I am a stand for more education on human experiences and safe and healthy living for everyone.
Excerpt from the Washington Post, June 19, 2020 at 5:55 am:
In 1865, Texas slave owners had refused to acknowledge the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
“Black people were in such a delicate situation in Texas,” said C.R. Gibbs, a historian and author of “Black, Copper & Bright: The District of Columbia’s Black Civil War Regiment.” “You have the collapse of the Confederate government. And roving bands of men who wanted to turn the clock back. A Union officer once said, ‘Given a choice between hell and Texas, I would live in hell and rent out Texas.’ It was just that bad in Texas.”
Then, on June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed on Galveston Island with more than 2,000 Union troops. He stood at the Headquarters District of Texas in Galveston and read “General Order No. 3”:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
Black people who heard the news erupted in what Gibbs calls “a moment of indescribable joy.”
Celebrations of Juneteenth — which combines the word June with Nineteenth — began in 1866, a year and a day after Granger’s announcement.
Here’s the whole Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/18/juneteenth-holiday-history-slavery-george-floyd/
I learned this acronym yesterday: WIIFM ~ ‘what’s in it for me.’ Well, WIIFM regarding peace, love, and justice? Everything! I want that world for my daughters, my future grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.