June 19th, 2020—Juneteenth
Posted by: Dayne Gradone, with support from the Run Local Staff
We believe that Run Local is a way of life that goes beyond the run. It’s about supporting causes, people, and our community. The celebration of Juneteenth is an essential part of that mission. We’d like to bring attention to this momentous and meaningful day and share resources that both inform and pay homage to this important holiday.
A Powerful Moment in Black History
Juneteenth is an annual celebration of Black culture and pride that commemorates the end of slavery in America. June 19th, 1865 marks the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and Union army general Gordon Granger announced that all of the state’s 250,000 slaves were henceforth free, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. Within six months, the 13th Amendment was adopted and slavery was formally abolished in the United States. However, landowners and local officials continued to flout the orders and used violence to intimidate newly freed slaves. Despite all of this, newly freed men and women continued to observe the end of slavery and independence on this date, and turned this important moment into a day of celebration and pride. Today, Juneteenth continues these celebrations and recognizes an historic moment in the continued fight for social justice and equality.
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The team at The Root has put together a short video that explains the background & significance of Juneteenth that is a much watch:
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