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On June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, which symbolically represents freedom for Black Americans and the end of slavery. While the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 announced an end of slavery, it was not until June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, when the Union Army ended the Civil War that all the slaves were freed. As we celebrate, we know there is much work still left to do in our community.
One action step we can take is to continue to commit to self-education on the impact of slavery today. Below are a few resources from different sources that provide a foundation for the historical and symbolic day of Juneteenth.
The City of Columbia along with the Inclusive Impact Institute and Karis church is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration from 11:00-12:30 PM.
With over thirty historical markers, the two mile African American Heritage Trail commemorates the Black experience in Columbia, Missouri.
June 28, 2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Pride. The first Pride parade was held on the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1970. The fight for LGBTQ+ equality started long before Stonewall, but the riots sparked courage, positive change, and lasting pride. View a list of resources below.