June 19, 2022–What Does Freedom Mean to You?

From Outdoor Afro

“Media created a false narrative of what Juneteenth is by painting it as a “celebration” to the end of slavery in the United States. In reality, it is the date 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free on June 19, 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation (signed Jan. 1, 1863) went into effect. Outdoor Afro is correcting this narrative by sharing this history nationwide. To honor this day, we encourage our community, partners, and regional networks to spend time in nature (whether a nearby beach or public park for example). Outdoor Afro invites neighborhoods across the United States to join the network to reflect on and commemorate freedom, asking ourselves: What does freedom mean to me?”

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Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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1895, “African American children with dog on the beach – Apalachicola, Florida.” Courtesy of Florida Memory








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