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  • WTF is Juneteenth

    Never heard of this **** before in my life.
    My EntireTeam Sucks...

  • #2
    Celebration of the end of slavery in Texas that grew more to be a national thing.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

    Juneteenth (a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth"),[1] also known as Freedom Day,[2]Jubilee Day,[3] and Cel-Liberation Day,[4] is an American holiday celebrated on June 19. It memorializes June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.[5] Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two-and-a-half years earlier, and the American Civil War had ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most "remote" of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.[5]

    Celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s. Often the centerpiece was a food festival. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the focus became the story of struggle for postwar civil rights. The 1970s returned the focus to African American freedom and arts. By the 21st century, Juneteenth was celebrated in most major cities across the United States. Activists are pushing Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 47 of the 50 states.[6]

    In 1996 the first legislation to recognize "Juneteenth Independence Day" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.J. Res. 195, sponsored by Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI). In 1997 Congress recognized the day through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56. In 2013 the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 175, acknowledging Lula Briggs Galloway (late president of the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage) who "successfully worked to bring national recognition to Juneteenth Independence Day", and the continued leadership of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.[31] In 2018 Apple added Juneteenth to its calendars in iOS under official US holidays.[32]

    Activists are pushing Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday.[33] Organizations such as the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation are seeking a Congressional designation of Juneteenth as a national day of observance.[12]

    Since the 1980s and 1990s, the holiday has been more widely celebrated among African-American communities, and has seen increasing mainstreaming in the US.[23][34] In 1991 there was an exhibition by the Anacostia Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) called “Juneteenth ’91, Freedom Revisited”.[28] In 1994 a group of community leaders gathered at Christian Unity Baptist Church in New Orleans to work for greater national celebration of Juneteenth.[23][34]Expatriates have celebrated it in cities abroad, such as Paris.[35] Some US military bases in other countries sponsor celebrations, in addition to those of private groups.[35][36] In 1999, Ralph Ellison's novel Juneteenth was published, increasing recognition of the holiday.[37] By 2006, at least 200 cities celebrated the day.[28]

    Although the holiday is still mostly unknown outside African-American communities, it has gained mainstream awareness through depictions in entertainment media, such as episodes of TV series Atlanta (2016)[38] and Black-ish (2017),[39] the latter of which featured musical numbers about the holiday by Aloe Blacc, The Roots,[40] and Fonzworth Bentley.[41][42] In 2020, several American corporations including Twitter, the National Football League, and Nike announced that they would treat Juneteenth as a company holiday, providing a paid day off to their workers.[43]

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    • #3
      Should have celebrated by sending them back to Africa. Would have solved alot of modern problems.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by OrangeNblueNmyVeins View Post
        Should have celebrated by sending them back to Africa. Would have solved alot of modern problems.
        ZACKLY. They are not wanted here. They do not belong here. This should have already happened by now. WTF? What did black people ever do for this country? Same is true for many other swarthy ethnicities as well.
        Last edited by Xfire; 06-13-2020, 05:20 PM.

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        • #5
          Monrovia Liberia
          “President Obama is a personal friend of mine,” said Rickles. “He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”


          It's early!!!


          Be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor each morning liberals say "Oh crap he's up"

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          • #6
            Why didn't Juneteenth become a thing under 8 years of Obama?
            My EntireTeam Sucks...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by OrangeNblueNmyVeins View Post
              Never heard of this **** before in my life.
              not surprised.

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