Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities
After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. “We need to know so people can heal from it and never let it happen again,” said Lee, whose 2 1/2-mile walk through Fort Worth symbolizes the 2 1/2 years it took for enforcement in Texas of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the Southern states. A year after President Joe Biden signed legislation last year making June 19 the nation's 12th federal holiday, Americans across the country gathered this weekend at events filled with music, food and fireworks.news.yahoo.com
Dancing, music and celebrations fill downtown Flint for Juneteenth parade
(Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from the Juneteenth Parade in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from the Juneteenth Parade in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from the Juneteenth Parade in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from the Juneteenth Parade in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from the Juneteenth Parade in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 18, 2022.mlive.com
Kalamazoo community jams out downtown to celebrate Juneteenth
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Bronson Park bustled with activity and excitement Saturday as Rootead hosted their first ever Juneteenth Celebration in downtown Kalamazoo. If dancing wasn’t enough, participants could pick up tasty authentic creole dishes from PJW Creole Cuisine’s food truck. Rootead Enrichment Center’s Red Birth Green Director Élan Bridges helped run Rootead’s booth, and expressed gratitude that the event had finally come to fruition. This is the second year Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing it in 2021. Also on MLive:Residential fireworks allowed for Juneteenth for the first time in KalamazooSaginaw’s first Miss Juneteenth crowned to represent communityParade, festivals, pop-up shops planned for Juneteenth celebrations in Grand Rapids areamlive.com
Washtenaw County celebrates Juneteenth with flag raising
“This is the flag we’re going to (raise) on this historic day,” Commissioner Justin Hodge said. Juneteenth became an official holiday in Texas on January 1, 1980, but its history stretches back much farther than that. “You have to do something to restore your spirit.”Fields encourages people to do what brings them joy this weekend -- and also to pick up a book by an African American author. “Not only are we going to celebrate the freedom of African American slaves,” Fields said. African Americans are an integral part of the United States.”Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit was also at the event.mlive.com
Here’s where to commemorate Juneteenth in Michigan
Celebrations will be taking place all across the country and throughout the state of Michigan for Juneteenth on Sunday, June 19. This is the second year Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing it in 2021. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced emancipation to Texas slaves. Now the day is celebrated in a variety of ways with marches, flag raisings, parades and other events. Below are links to Juneteenth events planned in communities throughout Michigan:ANN ARBOR:Washtenaw County to celebrate Juneteenth with festivals, flag raisingsFLINT:Eight-day Juneteenth celebration in Flint begins SaturdayGRAND RAPIDS:Parade, festivals, pop-up shops planned for Juneteenth celebrations in Grand Rapids areaJACKSON:Here’s where to celebrate Juneteenth in JacksonKALAMAZOO:A weekend of celebrations in the name of emancipation planned for Juneteenth in KalamazooMUSKEGON:Muskegon County celebrating Juneteenth with fireworks, music, educational eventsSAGINAW:Saginaw’s first Miss Juneteenth Pageant to kick off holiday weekend full of eventsBAY CITY:Celebrate freedom and good health: Juneteenth health fair planned in Bay Citymlive.com
How City of Detroit played a significant role in fight to protect those who were still enslaved
Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of emancipation of enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865.This happened more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.
Eight-day Juneteenth celebration in Flint begins Saturday
FLINT, MI -- More than a week’s worth of events will lead up to a major Juneteenth celebration at Max Brandon Park and Riverbank Park in downtown Flint next weekend. Starting this Saturday, June 11, with the pre-launch event, organizer DeWaun Robinson said the organizing committee is getting back to pre-COVID-19 traditions with multiple events this Juneteenth. “It’s going to be a fun-filled week of events and I am just excited,” Robinson told MLive-The Flint Journal. Flint’s celebration will be capped with a Champions Parade through downtown on Saginaw Street, a Juneteenth Concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Riverbank Park and a fireworks show. Mama Sol, Flint spoken word and recording artist, will perform at the concert.mlive.com
Senator says Michigan got Juneteenth history wrong in 2005 law, proposes fix
LANSING, MI — Sen. Sylvia Santana, D-Detroit, has introduced legislation to change the language within Public Act 48 of 2005, which commemorates June 19, or Juneteenth, as National Freedom Day in Michigan. Santana said the bill would “correct details” of the law in order to give an accurate history of Juneteenth, which recognizes the effective end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S., is often attributed to the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Senate Democrats want to change the language within the Michigan law to accurately reflect that. ”This bill is simply designed to correct the misinformation discovered in existing law,” Santana said.mlive.com
Juneteenth 2021: Here’s what Detroit has planned for the week
The Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department has also partnered with numerous community leaders to host a series of virtual panel discussions through August as part of “Freedom Summer.” The series, Changing the Narrative, will address issues of equity, wealth and equality.
Lincoln Presidential Library to display Emancipation Proclamation as part of Juneteenth celebration
A rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will be displayed this month at The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield in honor of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America.chicagotribune.com
Ypsilanti declares Juneteenth a city holiday
YPSILANTI, MI -- Ypsilanti has made Juneteenth an official city holiday. The Ypsilanti City Council approved a resolution recently to recognize the holiday each year on June 19. City officials pointed out that Ypsilanti has a record of fighting bigotry, slavery and racism. The city sent soldiers, Black and white, to fight and die for the Union in the Civil War to free the slaves. Ypsilanti City Mayor Lois Richardson proposed the resolution after virtually attending the National League of Cities and learning that other cities were creating a Juneteenth holiday, she said.mlive.com
Impatience grows for cops' arrests in Breonna Taylor's death
(AP Photo/John Locher)LOUISVILLE, Ky. The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. Calls for action against the officers have gotten louder during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. That has left people, from protesters to celebrities, wondering why justice is slow to come in Taylor's case. It's definitely taking too long, it's definitely frustrating, said Kirstia Drury, 32, who joined street protests in Louisville after Taylor's death. He's executive director of advocacy group Christopher 2X Game Changers and has often served as a conduit between the Black community and Louisville officials during conflicts.
Minnesota ends special session without deal on policing
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS A special session of the Minnesota Legislature ended Saturday without agreement on remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. I'm deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans ended the special session before our job was done," Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent tweeted. Were not walking away from Minnesota here, but I think we could all benefit from a breather, Gazelka said just before adjournment, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The special session was necessary for Democratic Gov. If Walz seeks to extend his emergency powers an additional 30 days, he's required to call another special session for July 12 to let lawmakers object.
America marks Juneteenth as protests bring new attention
Protesters march in a Black Lives Matter demonstration organized by the Dallas Black Firefighters Association on Juneteenth 2020 in Dallas, Friday, June 19, 2020. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Former President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, and it became effective the following Jan. 1. Word didnt reach the last enslaved black people until June 19 of that year, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. Kristi Noem proclaimed Friday as Juneteenth Day, but the proclamation does not make the day a state-recognized holiday.
Michigan to observe Juneteenth Celebration Day for 16th year
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Celebration Day" for the state. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the day the last African American slaves were notified of their freedom in 1865. Im proud to declare June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Celebration Day, and will continue to work tirelessly to create a state that is equal for all.The governor signed a similar proclamation last year to recognize Juneteenth Celebration Day. According to the proclamation, Michigan has recognized Juneteenth as a holiday for the last 16 years. Juneteenth -- also known as Jubilee Day or Freedom Day -- is a traditional holiday for many Americans, but is receiving more attention this year as the nation decries racism following the recent killings of multiple Black Americans.
Juneteenth: The story behind the freedom celebration for Black Americans
Many Black Americans also celebrate a day of freedom called Juneteenth on June 19, which commemorates the day the last African American slaves were notified of their freedom in 1865. Much like the Fourth of July, Juneteenth -- also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day -- is celebrated around the country with parades, cookouts and community gatherings. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm named Juneteenth as a state holiday in 2005, declaring the third Sunday of June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. This year, amid national unrest over the recent killings of Black Americans, Detroit is holding a weeklong celebration to commemorate Juneteenth. The city of Detroit began holding virtual discussions on Monday related to Black Americans culture and history on their Facebook Live.
Detroit is holding weeklong Juneteenth celebration
DETROIT The city of Detroit is holding a weeklong celebration for Juneteenth. Juneteenth honors the day in 1865 when United States soldiers announced the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved African Americans in Texas. The official anniversary date is June 19. Starting Monday, June 15, the city of Detroit will hold a livestream discussion about civil rights, inclusion and opportunity. The event is set to start at 6 p.m. on Facebook.
Nike is making June 19 -- ‘Juneteenth’ -- a company holiday
Nike is joining a list of companies moving to make June 19 -- “Juneteenth” -- a holiday. The move is part of the company’s effort to recognize a nationwide move against injustice for Black Americans. Juneteenth honors the day in 1865 when United States soldiers announced the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved African Americans in Texas. Nike’s announcements included plans to diversify the company by increasing the number of Black, Latino and female employees. Related: Trump rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa called ‘slap in the face’
Arthur I. Cyr: Thanksgiving and Lincolns legacy
Up until the 1863 proclamation, individual states had celebrated days of giving thanks. According to Lincolns administrative aide John Nicolay, Secretary of State William H. Seward signed the document. Unity was an overarching Lincoln theme throughout the Civil War, employed with shrewd calculation and brilliant political timing. Critics have argued Lincoln should have included states in the Union, but that would have been illegal and unwise. Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College and author of After the Cold War. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org