On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas learned from Union soldiers that they had gained their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Today is a fitting time to remember that, as on the original Juneteenth, change that is announced on paper can take years to manifest in our lives. Especially in these times, as people of conscience rise up against the murder of African-Americans, we continue to work toward freedom and equality, to march ever toward justice.
It is a day to recall the horrors of our history but also to rejoice in the resilience, beauty and unity of the African-American community, and to mobilize for all the work that remains.
SSEU Local 371 supports the movement to make Juneteenth an official city, state and national holiday.
-The officers and staff of Social Service Employees Union Local 371
-Anthony Wells, President