As a Texan girl I have to commemorate Juneteenth! It’s kinda sad that we celebrate the fact that we learned we were free two and half years late (talk about a 6 second delay) but hey at least we got the news!! And when we got the news in true Texan form we celebrated and we have been celebrating every since 1865 on this day when the Union soldiers landed in Galveston and let us know we were free!!
Juneteenth has always been a big holiday where I’m from, Houston metropolitan area, with parades and Miss Juenteenth pageants, barbeque and huge picnics! It was way more fun than the 4th. As with all things common to the Diaspora Juneteenth migrated all across this country as Texan born slaves moved to other US cities. It seems they celebrate it everywhere these days, Buschick shared they even celebrate in Seattle. I am searching Google now to see if these Boston blacks do anything. I would have to say based on my limited experience in exposure to the black community here, I’m not too hopeful, but we shall see. I was a little sad to see there wasn’t any real celebration for Malcolm’s birthday (May 19th) here. I ran across a small luncheon the weekend after which was sad, considering he lived on these fair streets of Roxbury in his teenage years and there’s a Malcolm X Blvd (I still have yet to find MLK here), I guess I expected more. But hey it was something! So hopefully I will find some people somewhere celebrating the holiday this weekend and if not, I guess I'll just fire up the grill and do the DAMN THING myself!!
Happy Juenteenth people and celebrate the freedom that was really always ours!!