Love & Freedom: Commemorating Juneteenth

In today’s world of instant information, mobile access to the internet, and a constant barrage of social media updates, it seems hard to fathom that the news cycle was ever anything but 24/7. Yet we know that despite the Emancipation Proclamation being signed on September 22, 1862, the news didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1865! Fast forward a century, and you’ll find yourself on June 12, 1967 – the date the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws to allow interracial marriages in the U.S. Yet even though the Supreme Court decision negated the enforceability of these laws, it wasn’t until 2000 that the last of the state laws prohibiting interracial marriage was removed, from the Alabama State Constitution.

So how is it that in 2020 – when information is literally at our fingertips – many of us have never learned about Loving Day or Juneteenth and the significance of these historical moments and celebrations? And as we approach these dates in 2021, what can we do to commemorate them and ensure that historical moments like these aren’t forgotten for future generations?

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