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The Eve of JUNETEENTH 1865 | 2013

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Well, I guess it’s time for us Black folk to remember once again why we free. On the eve of Juneteenth all I’m thinking about is continuing to be FABULOUS & GREAT! My ancestors paved a way for me to do believe and do the impossible!

The struggle continues in the 21st century and will go on until the day I transition to heaven. I do believe this is truth. Being that I was born, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and now doing my thing in Houston, Texas… I often laugh about my ancestors being told that they were free two years later than the rest of slaves across the country.

You have to find some comedy in the madness!

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.” Major General Gordon Granger, Galveston, Texas , June 19, 1865

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I can’t tell you how my ancestors felt about being told so late, because I was not there to witness it. However, from what I’ve read about my history they made sure they partied like it was out of style. Needless to say, the message came right on time — life just works out that way.

I find myself always wanting to know more about my history on a daily basis. When I think about Juneteenth music has always been a major part of the holiday. I honor all of the men and women that were whipped, beaten, taken advantage of, and separated from their families.

Tonight, I want to pay homage to my ancestors with a song by Sam Cooke (you know it). In my heart, I believe that they would have been very proud of some of the strides that we have surpassed though we have a long way to go. Hopefully, one a day change will come where we can all just get along.

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2 thoughts on “The Eve of JUNETEENTH 1865 | 2013

  1. Thanks for sharing! I also did a posting for Juneteenth with another great artist, Nina Simone.

    Posted by ileneonwords | June 19, 2013, 6:46 am

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