In recognition of Juneteenth, I am moving my book launch from tomorrow, June 19, to the summer solstice, June 20th, at 2PM.
Juneteenth, or “Black Independence Day” is the annual holiday to celebrate the abolition of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is not the recognition of the Emancipation Proclamation. That went into effect on January 1, 1863. Rather, Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1986 when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger brought federal troops to Galveston, Texas, and announced the Civil War was over and enslaved people were free. Before 2000, Juneteenth was not recognized by any states except Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Wisconsin. After 2000, many states began to recognize it. New Hampshire recognized it in 2019.
That is not a typo.
It is still not recognized as a national holiday.
This year’s celebration, on June 19th, will include awareness raising to the continuing systemic racism in our society.
Black Lives Matter.
At Crossroads with Chickens will launch the next day, on the summer solstice. June 20, 2020 at 2PM.
Link below. (I hope.)
The Toadstool Facebook Live event is still on for June 27th. Even if you don’t have Facebook, you can join the events!
Here is where you can go to see a list of future events. (Again, I hope.)
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