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Happy Juneteenth!

Why is Juneteenth significant and why is it being celebrated?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or none of these versions could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question.  Whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory. -Source: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

This great article talks about celebrations on Juneteenth. https://www.wuwm.com/post/juneteenth-day-african-americans-truly-gained-freedom#stream/0

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An 1868 San Antonio Express news clipping describes a Juneteenth Day celebration in Texas.
CREDIT SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS
What is Juneteenth?
President Lincoln, Slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation
Illustrated print by Thomas Nast depicting life before and after emancipation.
Keith Lance/Getty Images https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth
History of Juneteenth by Roland Wiley
Juneteenth: Freedom At Last
Image: https://www.houstoniamag.com/arts-and-culture/2015/05/a-brief-history-of-juneteenth-june-2015
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Black Lives Matter Protest in Irvine

I had brunch with my mom today in Irvine at one of her favorite restaurants. As I was bringing her home, we noticed a group of protesters in front of the Irvine Civic Center. After I dropped her off, I decided to document the protest with my Canon 6D and LG phone. I was there for about an hour and witnessed a very peaceful yet energetic protest.

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Walking up seems peaceful and it stayed that way for the entire time that I was present.
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This friendly neighbor drove up and brought cases of water and snacks for the protesters.
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At 3:15 PM everyone knelt for a minute in honor of George Floyd.
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This gentleman is wearing a MAGA hat and holding a BLM sign. Those girls are just as confused as I am.
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