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Celebrating Juneteenth

A message from the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies
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Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
James Weldon Johnson

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and will be observed on June 19, 2022. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, it would be a full two years later before the news reached Blacks living in Texas. It was a day of celebration and rejoicing.

On this day, we join the ancestors in acknowledging our painful past, celebrating a resilient hope in spite of the challenges of this moment, and renewing our commitment to the still incomplete pursuit of freedom and equality before us. Let us march on till victory is won!

Peace and blessings,

Rev. David G. Latimore, PhD, DMin
Director, Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies


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