chats will be led by:
Noelle Price & Eve Sanford
10 am PST Mon. June 15th- Thurs. June 18th
Black Independence Day
On January 1st, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. A declaration that "all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." It was not until the end of the Civil War that all enslaved Africans knew of their freedom. On June 19th,1865, (Juneteenth) enslaved Africans in Texas, who had previously been kept in the dark, learned of their freedom.
This is our American history. We celebrate the day all persons knew they were "legally" free.