Your DGB for today is to celebrate and learn about Juneteenth.
On this day in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared, freedom for enslaved people in Texas finally arrived when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued this statement:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
Little did he know that he would be creating the annual holiday to celebrate the emancipation from slavery.
What we want you to do today is to learn more about Juneteenth, first by reading The History of Juneteenth: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm and then by taking up a few other suggestions from the Juneteenth website, such as planning a special meal with your family, or discussing diversity initiatives at work. http://www.juneteenth.com/howtocelebrate.htm No matter how we choose to celebrate Juneteenth, it’s important that we know the history of this date and share it with others. Our country is once again going through a horrific period of human rights violations and we can’t learn from our past if we don’t even know it.