Last week, six leading Black museums and historical institutions from coast to coast joined forces to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas and effectively the entire country.
This year’s Juneteenth marked the 155th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment and the right of Black men to the ballot after the Civil War; as it was celebrated, it was an ample opportunity for African Americans to reflect and act on the continued struggle and intersectionality of justice, freedom and democracy. Juneteenth is always remembered on 19th June every.
BLKFREEDOM.org aired an original video presentation featuring appearances from Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and first historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director, and the first female African American president of Spelman College, and the Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.
The launch of BLKFREEDOM.org commemorated the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement was more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Cultural Performances and Noted African American Speakers highlighted the collaborative project of BLKFREEDOM.Org Coalition.
BLKFREEDOM.org is a combined effort between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hill Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). Through educational content, artistic performances, and shareable discussion prompts, this collaborative program will explore the meaning and relevance of “freedom”, “justice” and “democracy” in Black American life, from a historical and contemporary framework.
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