Let me start off by wishing you all a very happy Juneteenth! This special day, which has been celebrated as Freedom Day, Liberation Day or Emancipation Day in the past years, commemorates June 19 1865, the day when the enslaved Africans and African Americans held in Galveston, Texas learned about their freedom, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
This year's celebration is extra special because President Biden signed legislation and made Juneteenth a federal holiday. This is a milestone in to how far we've come already, but also a reminder of our road ahead. We are free-ish since 1865, not free. We will not give up until there's equality when it comes to having the same resources and opportunities like everybody else, and equity when it comes to fairness and justice - keeping in mind that each person has different circumstances and needs.
It was such a pleasure to celebrate Juneteenth with the community of Color of Change, down below you find an impression of the celebration and the beautiful artwork of Bart Cooper, a refugee from Liberia, West Africa, that was exposed.