Dallas Celebrates Juneteenth; The Day Slaves in Texas Found Freedom

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Dallas, TX—Juneteenth.  No, it’s not a grammatical error, it’s a significant holiday.

“Here in Texas, June 19, 1865, General Granger came to Galveston and read the document to the freed black people here in Texas,” Melody Afi Bell explained.  Bell is a griot, author and singer.

Although President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation five months earlier, slaves in Texas didn’t get the news declaring their freedom until June 19th; hence Juneteenth.

“Juneteenth tells a history that has been forgotten,” Bell said.

The Memnosyne Institute and Northway Christian Church marked the past by helping the future get on their feet.

“They all get a brand new pair of Nikes as they get on the bus today,” Northway Minister to families and children, Rev. Micah James said.

New shoes and a show by the Mavs Maniaacs? Sweet! It was a virtual U.N. celebrating everything from African culture, to a mural the kids painted, depicting what this holiday is all about.

“We know how important it is that our children are educated, and know to know the very rich culture that they come from,” artist Gwen Pruitt Davis said.

“A race of people came from slavery with the help of all people of different nationalities, passed through the underground railroad and went to science, politics, athletics, all the way to the White House. Every color that you see is significant.”

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