Source: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

On 19 June 1865 Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed in Galveston, Texas, the federal government’s decree that all previously-enslaved people in Texas were free; this proclamation was read over two and a half years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863.

It is this call to liberation which prompted the celebration of Juneteenth and, as of 17 June 2021, has become the latest federally-observed holiday in the United States of America.

There are many ways in which your congregation can honor and celebrate this holiday – and its commemoration of freedom – by being and acting in solidarity with African American members of your congregation, denomination, and in society at large.  We invite you to do so in ways that move us from reflection and remembrance to allyship and action.

Below is a list of a few opportunities – both online and in-person – for you and your congregation to join in reflection, learning, action, and celebration:

Happy Juneteenth!

Acknowledgements: Pacific School of Religion Office of Communications

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