As all should be aware by now, today marks the 155th Anniversary of the official end to slavery in the U.S. On this day in 1865, Union soldiers set foot in Galveston, Texas to inform the slaves that they were free.
But let's take a step back further, two and a half years to January 1, 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation became enacted, declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
We can only imagine that for those slaves in Texas and other western states, two and a half years was an eternity! Adding to that the fact that most slaves could not read, so there was no way they could have learned of this news themselves.
A century and a half later, skin color is still an issue. A century and a half later, equality is still an issue. We have so much work to do still!
Let us work together to ensure we seize This moment, This day in This generation to make real, positive and lasting change for this generation and those to come! Let freedom, equality, decency and kindness ring on.
Jun 19th 2020