Friday, June 15, 2007

juneteenth day

celebrate African American Emancipation Day!

this is the 140th year of the biggest holiday celebrating African American freedom in the united states.

on june 19, 1865, two and a half years after president Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union troops landed in texas and let the last slaves know that they were free.
click here to learn more about the history of juneteenth http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

juneteenth day is ENORMOUS for the African American community... taking off work, celebrating in the streets, etc. if you're like me growing up in brookfield schools, i had never even heard of it, even though our neighbors in milwaukee were rejoicing just miles away.

juneteenth day is this TUESDAY, june 19th. come join our brothers and sisters and celebrate! the street will be shut down on martin luther king dr. between center st. and burleigh in milwaukee. i think festivities will start around noon, and last until later in the night. get a group together and take a walk, enjoy some food or music, and just see the celebrating... i have never been and am currently on vacation with the fam, so i'd love to hear all about what it's like.

happy juneteenth... our brothers and sisters are FREE! praise Jesus as He continues to heal the oppression we have overcome in the past, and continue to inflict upon one another in different forms today. we're all home in Him.

link to shepherd express article, courtesy of meg: http://www.shepherd-express.com/1editorialbody.lasso?-token.folder=2007-06-14&-token.story=177431.113121&-token.subpub=

4 comments:

Luke Story said...

I would really like to go down to MLK and celebrate. Anyone else?? I'm free till 6pm.

If you are interested, give me a call.

262.271.5929

ashlynhurley said...

i'd be up for that. wanna go around 3?

Allyson said...

hey I'll go with you guys at three!

Luke Story said...

3 works for me. Wanna meet at my place??