The pictures above are from one of Boston's Juneteenth celebrations. This one was at The National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury yesterday.
On the left is the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. On the right, Reverend Andrea Payne is giving the Benediction. I was only able to make it towards the end, but I'd like to go again next year and see the whole thing.
I'm happy to see that with each passing year, Juneteenth seems to be gaining momentum. Juneteenth is held each year on June 19th and commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19, 18665 was the day that the last slaves (in Galveston, Texas) were told that they were free.
Juneteenth used to be mostly celebrated in Texas, but now people all over the United States and the world take note of the day. It's so important to remember our national history and local history as well, so it seems fitting to dedicate a roundup with some links that are relevant to Juneteenth and issues of race in America.
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Four Free Women: 1916 Emancipation Reunion (A'Lelia Bundles)
Boston, Busing, Race and Class 2014 (Boston Busing/Desegregation Project)
Chemical-free black hair is not simply a trend (The Boston Globe)
Bad Hair Uprooted: The Untold Story of Black Follicles (For Harriet)
Using Google Earth To Document Slave History (NPR)
The Case for Reparations (The Atlantic)
On Juneteenth, How Reparations for Slavery Could Actually Work (The Takeaway)
Dallas County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations (The Dallas Morning News)
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