We loved this message from the President of the NAACP Oakland Branch so much, we decided to post it here for our members, too:
NAACP Family, Sponsors & Friends:
Juneteenth is a special time of the year. It is a significant reminder of how precious freedom is. Africans were brought to America to be slaves in 1526. We were in servitude for over 300 hundred years before 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.
The Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves from states who fought for the Union during the Civil War.
Slavery was inhumane. How was it possible for civilized people to treat human beings in such a terrible, barbaric, and uncivilized way?
The Emancipation Proclamation became effective on January 1, 1863 and it was in 1865, over two years later, when the news of emancipation reached Texas.
Juneteenth is known as African-American “Freedom Day”. Traditionally, it is a day of celebrations with speeches, parades, food, and drink.
Today our celebrations of freedom are marred. We are shutdown with the coronavirus and the demonstrations resulting from the murders of George Floyd and others by the hand of law enforcement and other white men. What is there to celebrate other than the unification of our community to remove the obvious inequities that exist in our country. Poor schools, lack of employment, lack of adequate health care, and continued problems of unequal justice came with freedom.
We have to use this day as a day of thought and remembrances of those who gave their lives since the Emancipation Proclamation in a quest to truly gain the promised freedom. We don’t have it yet, but we must continue the fight for racial equality and social justice.George Holland, Sr., President
This Juneteenth, be positive, love and respect each other.
NAACP Oakland Branch