Black L.A. has a few stories of liberation to tell on Juneteenth

We celebrate to spread the word. The sixteenth day has proliferated into its DNA. The beauty of June 19 – the happiest day of the day – is the energy of discovery. We hear. We remember. We are active.

How might it have felt to hear the message when it finally reached Galveston, Texas, in 1865? “The people of Texans are informed that in accordance with the Declaration of the Executive Order of the United States of America, all slaves shall be set free.” There is a specific feeling that comes when the ears receive the good news. The taste of freedom affects the body physiologically.

To celebrate the sixteenth of June, we decided to share some stories of liberation. Nothing can completely replicate the nourishment of reading history, exploiting the records of the past. But unpacking what isn’t the only way to achieve clarity. Sometimes, what you feel can motivate you to act as you learn. Here, we asked some of our favorites to share with us some of the moments when they felt most liberated.

We hope you take those with you when you go out. We’ll see you at festivals – we’ll be at Leimert Park, Mecca of Black life in LA, reflecting on why we celebrate.

Pull up. And join us as we spread the good news.

Ian F. Blair

Colorful letters of the word "sixteenth day" Black L.A. has a few stories of liberation to tell on Juneteenth

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