Juneteenth Youth march & rally
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4pm – DeFremery Park – West Oakland, CA
they keep killing us – what now? juneteenth Youth March & Rally led by Black teens in Oakland, California
As we continue to heal and protect ourselves from the racialized impacts of the corona virus, police forces around the country, and right here in our city, continue to act as judge, jury and executioner of Black and Brown people despite consistent demonstrations of national and international outrage. This Juneteenth, on the historic holiday of African freedom from slavery in the U.S., the organizers of this Juneteenth youth march & rally led by Black teens ask: “Are we truly free?” This event is for young people to speak out on this very topic. We will have poets, singers, and local activists present to discuss what’s next. We are prioritizing the voices of Black youth, but all are welcome at this event.
Please wear a mask.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Excerpt from https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm