Reflecting on Juneteenth Freedom Day 2022
June 19th, 2022, marks the second year that we commemorate Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday and 156 years since June 19th, 1865 (the emancipation of all enslaved Black people in the United States).
In recent weeks we’ve mourned the death of Black community members who were intentionally murdered by a gunman in Buffalo, NY. And in Bloomfield Hills, MI, The Roeper School Board of Trustees suspended a teacher for sharing worksheets with students that compared the 44th president of the United States (Barack Obama) to monkeys. These are a few examples of why we must recommit ourselves to equity, hope, and justice as we celebrate Juneteenth.
As we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect, I encourage everyone to ask themselves the following to strengthen their understanding of what defines freedom:
● Do I have the power to think or act independently without hindrance or restraint?
● Do I have an individual right to self-determination over my body and reproductive choices?
● Do I have the same freedoms as those who identify differently than I do?
Regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or religion, all of us should have the same freedoms, but we must recognize that Black people shoulder a disproportionate burden of discrimination in America. As we reflect and recommit ourselves to justice, hope, and equity, consider taking actions in the following ways:
● Attend your local school board meetings, encourage them to pass an anti-racism resolution to condemn all forms of discrimination, and make a commitment to teaching accurate history with an understanding that knowing the past is necessary to build a successful and anti-racist future.
● Join the Oakland County Democratic Party Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The African American Committee, Education or Women’s Committee.
Lastly, take time to experience Joy and self care. Support local Black businesses, or attend nearby Juneteenth events.
Sincerely, Alexandria Hughes
Chair, Oakland County Democratic Party African American Committee
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Lathrup Village: Unity in the Community Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18th (12pm – 4pm)
Join the City of Lathrup Village as they host their second annual Juneteenth event. Kick off your weekend with good food, music, bounce houses and games for all to enjoy. A number of vendors will allow you to shop, eat, and drink. Bring your appetite and positive vibes! Learn more and share.
West Bloomfield Dems Club: Juneteenth
Saturday, June 18th (10am – 2pm)
Join West Bloomfield in Commemorating National Freedom Day by volunteering or simply stopping by. A free, fun, family-friendly event. Juneteenth honors the day the final enslaved people were emancipated in June 1865 and celebrates the countless contributions of African Americans to our community & nation. Music, arts, performances, refreshments, vendors and storytelling. Kids area, African Dance, WBHS Jazz Band, and more. Find more information at juneteenthWB.org and sign up to volunteer at signup.com/go/SoumjOu. Students can receive community service hours.
City of Southfield: Juneteenth Celebrations
Saturday, June 18th (12:00pm – 9:00pm)
Join the City of Southfield for a Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday from noon to 9pm!
For any questions regarding upcoming Juneteenth events or local Black-owned businesses, please reach out to email@example.com. Spread love, joy, and positivity this weekend, and always be an ally.
Director of Operations, Oakland County Democratic Party
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