Oakland NAACP President explains significance of Juneteenth

(KRON) – Monday marks the second annual recognition of the Juneteenth nationwide vacation right here in the US. KRON4 spoke to the Oakland President of the NAACP about the most effective methods to have a good time the vacation

“I believe we must always have a celebration. I believe we must always have talks. Roundtable discussions. Celebrations. Every thing,” stated Cynthia Adams, the president of the Oakland department of the NAACP. 

That features, Adams says, reflecting on what Juneteenth is.

“I believe the easiest way to have a good time June nineteenth is to know the historical past,” she stated.

Historical past reveals that in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved Black individuals within the U.S. Nevertheless, Black people in Galveston, Texas didn’t get the message till someday round June 19, 1865. It was an excellent day, says Adams, as a result of it meant the top of over 300 years of chattel slavery.

“I can’t even think about how completely happy they had been,” Adams stated. “If we each put ourselves in that second and shut our eyes and take into consideration the way it was for them after which open their eyes and see that they’re free. They had been excited, completely happy, and leaping for pleasure. I do know I’d have been.”

However not for lengthy, she says, as a result of there was plenty of work to do.

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“I most likely would have been someplace organizing one thing to get us out of there, and get us doing what we have to do for one another,” she stated. 

In 2021 President Joe Biden’s signature took Juneteenth from an African-American cultural celebration to a nationwide vacation to be celebrated by all. 

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