#Juneteenth becomes a new U.S. Federal #Holiday Observance, June 18, 2021 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1391)

Commemorating and honoring Juneteenth nationally has been a long time in coming:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-significance-of-juneteenth-americas-first-new-federal-holiday-in-decades

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And more about Juneteenth from my post last year about it, may be found here.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, & peaceful day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

 

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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2 Responses to #Juneteenth becomes a new U.S. Federal #Holiday Observance, June 18, 2021 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1391)

  1. Marj says:

    Thanks for all this information. It was certainly very educational for me, a black woman from the Caribbean now living in Canada. So many things I didn’t know about the plight of my kin in the US. So lovely of you to share this and your efforts to move awareness forward. Blessings to you!

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    • Dear Marj, Thank you for your very kind note! As not a person of color, I am always humbled by what I don’t know about the tragic history of racism in the U.S. and beyond–that they did not teach us in school, and how institutions “look the other way”. So I am first and foremost educating myself and then educating others, working with others.

      I have worked with and organized diversity, equity, and inclusion programs for years/decades. Yet there is always more that we as a society can and need to do to eradicate racism and to raise people up with hands of friendship.

      And in recent years, the media spotlight on violence against persons of color–Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Breanna Taylor and others–has shown us all how much work we have yet to do to advance social justice, equity, and harmony in our societies. And we continue to grieve for the multitudes who suffered throughout history through slavery, and the discrimination and violence that followed slavery’s end–such as, the child Emmet Till’s barbaric murder, the Tuskeegee Airmen being medically experimented upon, or those families and generations murdered in the Tulsa Massacre. It sickens my heart to think of these devastating tragedies, but also gives me the resolve to be an ally for social justice wherever and whenever I can.

      Because when we work together, when we respect everyone’s dignity and humanity, when we acknowledge that lack of opportunities (education, careers, housing, etc.) coupled with unacknowledged white privilege perpetuate a vicious cycle of disenfranchisement and more, only then we can begin to make meaningful positive change as a society and as a community of people–rather than when some/many seek to drive wedges between us and to harm our neighbors, family, and friends. Hugs & Love, Grati

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