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Golden Triangle celebrates Juneteenth

20 June 2014 | 4:20 pm STARKVILLE – Two Golden Triangle cities will host events Saturday marking Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the abolishment of slavery and the emancipation of African Americans. http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=34294

Troubled Juneteenth Festival gets new venue, tightened security

20 June 2014 | 7:11 am When the organizer of the citys Juneteenth Festival goes into the community to promote this years celebration, people dont ask him about safety or about what happened last year or about lawsuits or police or any of that. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/06/20/festival-goes-on-despite-changes.html

Juneteenth: A Brief History [Photos]

20 June 2014 | 12:11 am Today marks Juneteenth , the oldest known holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States. It was on this day, 149 years ago, that the state of Texas officially adhered to the Emancipation Proclamation. http://hiphopwired.com/2014/06/19/juneteenth-brief-history-photos/

Juneteenth and History Balloon Juice

20 June 2014 | 2:16 pm Therefore, be it resolved in the Dallas County Commissioners Court that Juneteenth and its historical mimicking of freedom is just that, and that the United States of America is derelict in its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit … http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/06/20/juneteenth-and-history/

While celebrating Juneteenth Day, leaders of black community call …

19 June 2014 | 11:21 pm MILWAUKEE (WITI) Thursday, June 19th marked Juneteenth Day and hundreds, if not thousands took to the streets to celebrate. Many of them were also having a very important conversation. Juneteenth Day … http://fox6now.com/2014/06/19/while-celebrating-juneteenth-day-leaders-of-black-community-call-for-end-to-violence/

Midday open thread: Juneteenth, tormenting opossums in NC …

19 June 2014 | 7:00 pm Happy Juneteenth! Here's some history from Denise Oliver-Velez behind the celebration that started when African Americans first celebrated the end of slavery in 1865: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration … http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/19/1308092/-Midday-open-thread-Juneteenth-tormenting-opossums-in-NC-Schweitzer-s-gaydar

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14 Responses to Juneteenth

    • Curator says:

      I don’t know, but just to be safe let’s assume it’s Obama’s fault. Wouldn’t want to stray from the conservative pack would we?!?

  • Canaan says:

    What Were The Main Advances In The Civil Rights Movement 1865-1940? From the very early period of reconstruction to pre WW2, the main advances come after 1940 (give your opinion if you think otherwise), but what do you think were the most important events/movements/actions by the gov, organisations or Civil Rights leaders e.g. Booker T Washington etc

    Personally I don’t think there was much that happened that helped blacks gain the CR Act 1964

    • Curator says:

      The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1865–1935) refers to the post-Civil War reform movements in the United States aimed at eliminating racial discrimination against African Americans, improving educational and employment opportunities, and establishing electoral power. This period between 1865 and 1935 saw tremendous change in the fortunes of the black community following the elimination of slavery in the South.

      The year 1865 held two important events in the history of African Americans: the Thirteenth Amendment, which eliminated slavery, was ratified; and Union troops arrived in June in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, giving birth to the modern Juneteenth celebrations. Freedmen looked to start new lives as the country recovered from the devastation of the Civil War.

      Immediately following the Civil War, the federal government began a program known as Reconstruction aimed at rebuilding the states of the former Confederacy. The federal programs also provided aid to the former slaves and attempted to integrate them into society. During and after this period, blacks made substantial gains in their political power and many were able to move from poverty into the middle class. At the same time resentment by many whites toward these gains led to unprecedented violence and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

      The year 1896 held the landmark Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), which upheld “separate but equal” racial segregation, which proved a major setback to civil rights efforts. Throughout the post-war period anti-progressives waged efforts to curtail these efforts. This case and other events in the 1890s marked a turning point beyond which the civil rights progress in the 19th century was dramatically reversed.

      Much of the early reform movement during this era was spearheaded by the Radical Republicans, a splinter group of the Republican Party which rejoined the mainstream party after Reconstruction. But, by the end of the 20th century, the so-called Lily-White Movement had managed to substantially weaken the power of blacks in the party. The most important civil rights leaders of this period were Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

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