This past Saturday we celebrated Juneteenth at the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Block Party. NAACP-SA members were out representing, sharing resources, committee information, and registering new members from 1pm to 9pm!
Why do we celebrate Juneteenth?
Although the civil war ended in 1861, the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 did not immediately free slaves in States and areas that were still under Confederate control. In the Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people were not free until June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. “The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas” – National Museum of African American History & History Culture “The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth”
In this photo from left to right: first row:
Konsie Millender – Afro Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) committee chair
Wendellyn Miller – Communications, Press and Publicity Committee chair
Shannon Young – Membership and Life Membership and Young Adult Committee chair
second row: K. Collier – Political Action Committee chair
Mr. Collier – Political Action