all the usual methods of learning: reading books, watching movies and visiting museums that explain history from our perspective. When we are exposed to the struggles and achievements of our ancestors, we get to see the strength and unbreakable spirit of a group of people who were kidnapped from their homeland and ripped of their identity and heritage.
We also come to gain a greater understanding of those who wanted to persevered their way of living no matter how inhumane others may have been treated. They vehemently wanted things to go back to how it used to be and enacted laws and corrupt systems to ensure that happened. It’s insane how people still think and act that way and feel justified to do so under our current leadership. But we, as always, are able to endure and overcome these adversities just as our enslaved ancestors did.
What you can do today
Go after your dreams/Start a business. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” like Langston Hughes so eloquently wrote. Our ancestors had dreams and they wrapped them up in you (yes, you)! So, take steps on this day to move even closer of your goals. Even if it’s to register a business or take steps to open a non-profit or meet with other businesses to create a community partnership, every step forward is a step in the right direction.
Create a group that works together. It’s one thing to scream “Juneteenth” and “Black Lives Matter” but if we’re not supporting each other or at least working together, then there is not unity. And without unity, we can’t mobile and accomplish more. So, if you’re a man, maybe help out a Black women’s organization. Or if you’re a woman, maybe volunteer for a Black men’s support group. Or let’s all help our senior citizens and elders, as well as do something for the LGBTQ community…you get the point. When we do it together, we all win.
Watch Season 4 Episode 1 of Blackish where Dre uses music and historical reenactments to tell the story of slavery and the true meaning of freedom.
Talk to your older family members to get a better understanding of their lives and the prejudices they endured and overcame. This is also a