Juneteenth Reading

Juneteenth reading

In Jewish history, God commanded his people to celebrate their redemption from slavery. Today, billions of people (including non-Jewish peoples) remember, read, and benefit from that story of deliverance.

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the liberation of slaves in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union troops led by Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to break the news to the last remaining Confederate sympathizers that they’d lost the Civil War and all slaves must be freed.source

Newly freed slaves celebrated. Celebrations continued each year, making it one of America’s oldest holidays.

Given the significance of slavery in American history (with on-going implications for African-Americans), I would support Juneteenth being a national holiday. It is something that every American should celebrate (and learn from) because it is (sadly) American history and American church history.

Spend your weekend reading one of these worthwhile books by these African American women:

And if you haven’t seen it, watch the “The Color of Compromise” video series by Jeram Tisbey, currently free on Amazon Prime.