Sisters of the Holy Names, Family, Friends and Colleagues
Come & Celebrate Juneteenth – Friday, June 19, 2020 at
12 noon (PDT), 2:00 p.m. (CDT), 3:00 p.m. (EDT) (Zoom link below)
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 freed the slaves but was not acknowledged in Texas until 1865. The slaves in Texas were not freed until three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1865. The day recognizes the end of slavery and the culture and achievements of African Americans.
Early celebrations involved church-centered community gatherings in Texas. The contemporary holiday includes praying, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing and the sharing of food.
Juneteenth is celebrated in most major cities across the United States. Activists are campaigning for the U.S. Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 47 of the 50 states.
The knowledge and popularity of this celebration has spread beyond the African American community as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement and its quest for equality and justice.
We ask you to join in solidarity with the African American community and celebrate Juneteenth. Please invite a friend, family member or colleague to join the Zoom call on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12 noon (PDT), 2:00 p.m. (CDT), 3:00 p.m. (EDT).
To the Zoom Juneteenth Event please bring:
• Something to eat
• Your heart and your voice
• Ask a friend, family member or colleague to join the Zoom call
Here is the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/93992959678
Anna Keim, SNJM
Susan M. Maloney, SNJM
Barbara Spears, SNJM