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BFS Recognizes Juneteenth

The BFS community recognizes Juneteenth! Founded by the activism of the “Grandmother of Junteenth”, 94 year old retired educator, Ms. Opal Lee, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the freedom of enslaved African Americans, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth is a day to honor African American history, culture, and achievements, while also recognizing the enduring struggle for racial equality, systemic oppression and ongoing commitment to justice. It is a time for reflection, education, and celebration, highlighting the resilience and contributions of African Americans to our nation’s purpose and fabric. Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed shares that “Juneteenth was never about commemorating a delayed proclamation but about celebrating a people’s enduring spirit.” Deepen your understanding and participation in Juneteenth justice work: 


Go: to the Unity Marketplace Juneteenth Celebration

Learn: about activist, Ms. Opal Lee; Weeksville Heritage Center

Reflect: on the learning provided in National Museum of African American History