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Juneteenth

Celebrating My Freedom From Monolithic Blackness

Danielle Slaughter | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Danielle Slaughter

As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.

How Decades of Housing Policy Left Households of Color Behind--And What We Can Do about It

Lillian D. Singh | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Lillian D. Singh

Since June is also National Homeownership Month, there is no better time to think about how policy could, though belatedly, change the financial futures of millions of households of color by expanding access to homeownership.

"Responding to a world which no longer makes sense": An interview with playwright Aleshea Harris

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
Sylvia Sukop

A shocking act of racial violence brings Harold Pinter's "The Room" to an abrupt close.

These Photos Show Why You Should Celebrate Juneteenth

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.18.2016 | Black Voices

It took two whole years after President Abraham Lincoln declared the abolition of slavery on January 1, 1863, for the end of one of the darkest chapte...

San Francisco Wedding: A Civil Re-Union

John Sims | Posted 06.14.2016 | Black Voices
John Sims

Now that we have done the Memorial Day Confederate flag burning and burial across the country two years in a row, one might think that perhaps it is t...

Meatless Monday: Sorghum -- An Ancient Grain Gets Some Modern Love

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.13.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

This Sunday it's a double party. It's Father's Day and it's Juneteenth, Africa American Emancipation Day, commemorating the end of slavery. What to ...

Burn and Bury Memorial: Birth of a Ritual

John Sims | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
John Sims

I propose that we Burn and Bury the Confederate flag every Memorial Day as a way to send a powerful message to ourselves as a nation that the Civil War is over, and the days of the Confederate flag and white supremacy are numbered.

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Frederick Douglass

Karim Gilliam | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Karim Gilliam

Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. In honor of Black History Month let's remember or newly discover the incredible life and achievements of Frederick Douglass.

Why I'm Not Gung-Ho Over "Independence Day"

Bianca Hayes | Posted 07.04.2016 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

I am usually down for the family get-togethers, followed by fireworks and more get-togethers, but I just cannot get with the program this year. I love a good time, but after the series of events that show a blatant disregard for my race, I am not in a celebratory mood.

The Charleston Massacre

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

We are enraged at the execution of Black people in the streets, in the prisons, and now in a church! The killing of Black people in the Mother Emanue...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

With the nation mourning the victims of the Charleston church massacre and observing the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the June 16th commemoration of slave emancipation, there's no better time to confront the toxic influences of racism and easy access to guns that came together this week. "We can't accept events like this as routine," said President Obama. Actually, that was what he said after Newtown, several mass shootings ago. This time the president was, rightfully, angrier and wearier. "I've had to make statements like this too many times," he said, noting that "at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." That reckoning should happen now -- right now -- even as the Confederate flag continues to shamefully fly at full mast above the South Carolina state house.

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Juneteenth, Dylann Roof and the Continued Struggle for Equality

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's a true story about a high school football team in Virginia dealing with deep-rooted issues of race as they become the first team in their district to integrate have both black and white players.

The Long and Proud History of Charleston's AME Church

Manisha Sinha | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Manisha Sinha

Established by Reverend Richard Allen, a former slave and Methodist preacher, the A.M.E. is the oldest black denomination in the country. Its roots lie in one of the first black religious and mutual help societies, the Free African Society founded by Philadelphia blacks in 1787.

150 Years After Emancipation, Dylann Roof Is A Chilling Reminder Of How Little Has Changed

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices

Today is the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that now, more than ever, holds a special kind of significance. Juneteenth, a combination ...

Charleston, Juneteenth And What It Means To Be Black In America

Charles Howard | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

We need not be slaves to fear. We need not be drawn into a pitiful, fear-based gun culture and arm ourselves (it's difficult to imagine Jesus encouraging people to hold guns to defend themselves while in church). We need not be slaves to hating those who hate us.

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

A Pilgrimage, the CORE Murders and Juneteenth

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

I've always found it a very tragic and sad irony that the same weekend that we celebrate Juneteenth, we also remember and commemorate the loss of life of three heroic Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) members and volunteers: James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

What Do We Tell Our Children About Slavery?

Janus Adams | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

This Freedom Day reminds us that only by confronting what is wrong can we make things right. To see ourselves as part of the struggle is to empower ourselves as part of the solution.

Take the Juneteenth Challenge

Lois Leveen | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices
Lois Leveen

The Civil War and the abolition of slavery are neither white history nor black history. Today is Juneteenth. This holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery, tells us as much about what America means as the Fourth of July, Presidents Day, or Memorial Day.

Detours and Danger Warnings on the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn't just a rhetorical question 150 years later. A people who don't know their history are more likely to repeat it. The resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post Reconstruction era. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette and clever political rhetoric, it's still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let's call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation.

Juneteenth Off The Record

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Although Juneteenth has gained widespread acceptance as a commemoration marking the end of slavery, there is still progress to be made.

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

Celebrating Emancipation on Juneteenth (VIDEO)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger informed slaves in the area from the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston, Texas, that they were free.

The Healing Has Begun... U.S. Senate Apologizes For Slavery

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

The effects of slavery on our communities have been devastating. The devastation does not stop because of the apology; however these are words that we all needed to hear.

Happy Juneteenth Celebrating the End of Slavery

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

Since 1865, June 19th has served as another kind of Independence Day.