Juneteenth: A Note From Renee Mahaffey Harris, BWHM Leadership

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African Americans for more than a hundred years while most Americans had no knowledge of its existence. This week the U.S. Congress approved a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. 

As you celebrate this significant holiday, let’s remember the people who lived through slavery, Jim Crow, and who lost loved ones and property because of their ancestry. Remember those who overcame hatred, marched for civil rights and justice, prospered despite institutional limitations, and those who live their lives baffled and pained by injustice but still PERSEVERE. The Maya Angelou poem ‘Still I Rise’ personifies what Juneteenth means to me.

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Still I Rise Poem