“Thousands of African Americans in slavery had no idea that emancipation had passed, and they lived so long in agony, pain, and abuse,” Bishop said. “Thousands of African Americans in slavery had no idea that emancipation had passed, and they lived so long in agony, pain, and abuse. Tavis Grant of the Rainbow Bush Alliance.” The black church was the hallmark of civil rights What a time to celebrate Pionteith in Chicago.”
People gathered together to celebrate Piontent, which commemorates the day 1865 when enslaved blacks in Texas were finally told they were free.
“It’s just a time to celebrate African American culture and what it really means to be free and be free,” said Pablo Ortiz, who is visiting from Connecticut.
Last year, President Joe Biden signed the 11th National Independence Day Act into law, officially making it a national holiday.
“Black men chose to be fathers, because slavery was essentially a complete separation from fatherhood,” said Rael Jackson, president of Real Men Cook.
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Smiles were many at St. Sabina’s Church, she remembers that day in 1865.
Activist Mark Lamont-Hill said, “This is a day of sacrifice, it is a day of revolutionary love and joy, it is a day of blacks to lift their weight and make them free, and this is about justice for all of us.” .
The DuSable Museum throws a Juneteenth barbecue and group party, amplifying black noises. Good conversation, music, food and more happened at the newly renamed “The Du” in honor of Juneteenth on Sunday.
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Chance the Rapper from Chicago hosted the event filled with something for the whole family.
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There were rides for kids, a tailoring exhibit and a concert from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago.
“There is a lot going on!” chance said. “We wanted to continue that this year and give our employees a chance to connect. And the fact that it’s Father’s Day allows us to appreciate black fathers, and we’re in a place where black people in America and the world just need spaces to be together.”
Swain Rowland, Chicago’s elite teacher, spoke about the importance of the holiday.
“We focus on black girls. Seeing that we’re black women, we just want to make sure we give girls a chance to focus on being black. Juneteenth is a great opportunity. Everyone is out. It’s a beautiful day,” Roland said.
Juneteenth became a federal holiday for the first time last year. Those present hope that her recognition will continue to grow.
“We’re happy. At least it’s finally been recognized,” said Tammy O’Neill, who lives in Chicago.
“I don’t think many people know about Juneteenth in general, but now that there is awareness and complete positivity regarding the African American experience, how much contribution African Americans have made to this country,” said Greg Shuford, who lives in Hyde Park. General, it’s good to finally get to know him.”
Chance the Rapper was also present. Was visiting with families earlier.
He and Vic Mensa, another local artist, performed at the DuSable Museum on Sunday night.
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