Today is Juneteenth, and I would like to start with a few words from President Barack Obama …
“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible––and there is still so much work to do.”
I planned to write a piece about Juneteenth, but I found that it had already been done, much better and much more authentically than I could possibly have done it, by Jamelle Bouie, an opinion columnist for the New York Times, and former chief political correspondent for Slate magazine.
Why Juneteenth Matters
It was black Americans who delivered on Lincoln’s promise of “a new birth of freedom.”
By Jamelle Bouie
Neither Abraham Lincoln nor the Republican Party freed the slaves. They helped set freedom in…
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