June 19, 1865, marked the day that African slaves received the notification that they had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln through the Emancipation Proclamation, which he had signed two years earlier. June 19th represented that day that all slaves under the Confederacy were now free. So, June 19th became the date that African-Americans began to celebrate as Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and now Black Independence Day) its our unofficial American holiday and an official Texas state holiday, celebrated annually on the 19th of June to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, 1865, proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free. The furtherance of this acknowledgment and celebration has become more prominent with the recent killings and deaths of African-Americans by white police and white citizens. George Floyd has made Juneteenth, not just a holiday for Black Americans to celebrate, but has brought attention to it for America. As a result, more Americans are learning about the racists' execution and murder of more than 300 African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the destruction of Black Wall Street, one of many economically affluent black communities in the country in 1921. that as a result of jealous, white racist citizens and police, was destroyed all across America. Today, African-Americans stand resolute to regain their social, economic, and political prowess and prominence in the face of the current day, racism, and Jim Crow policies, leftover from our ugly past.
My guests Ward 1 Tulsa City Councilmember Vanessa Hall-Harper and Dr. Wilmer Leon, III, host of Inside the Issues w/Wilmer Leon.