Juneteenth Celebration at East Shore UMC
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and significance of Juneteenth at East Shore UMC as we invite you to join us in a transformative celebration. Experience the power of unity, freedom, and resilience as we honor and commemorate this historic milestone in African American history. Through meaningful discussions, captivating performances, and vibrant cultural expressions, our Juneteenth celebration promises to be an unforgettable experience of education, inspiration, and solidarity. Join us as we come together each year to embrace the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a brighter future.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, which proclaimed freedom for all enslaved people in Texas, making it one of the last states to receive the news of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth signifies the end of slavery and is celebrated as a day of liberation, reflection, and recognition of the ongoing struggle for racial equality. It is a time to honor African American history, achievements, and resilience, while also promoting education, justice, and unity among all communities.
Why Do United Methodist Celebrate Juneteenth?
United Methodists celebrate Juneteenth as a significant day in American history that highlights themes of liberation, justice, and equality. The United Methodist Church is committed to social justice and addressing the legacy of racism and oppression. By commemorating Juneteenth, United Methodists acknowledge the struggles and resilience of African Americans in their journey toward freedom and equality. The celebration serves as a reminder of the ongoing work to dismantle systemic racism and promote inclusivity within the church and society. It provides an opportunity for United Methodists to reflect on the past, educate themselves and others about the significance of Juneteenth, and take action to promote racial justice and reconciliation. Through worship, education, and community engagement, United Methodists aim to promote healing, understanding, and unity among all people.
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What You Can Do To Raise Awareness For Juneteenth
There are several actions individuals can take to raise awareness for Juneteenth:
- Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about the history and significance of Juneteenth. Read books, watch documentaries, or explore online resources to gain a deeper understanding of its historical context and its importance in African American history.
- Share Knowledge: Share what you have learned about Juneteenth with others. Engage in conversations with friends, family, and colleagues, and spread awareness by discussing the significance of Juneteenth and its impact on American history and the ongoing fight for racial equality.
- Attend Juneteenth Events: Participate in local Juneteenth events, parades, or community gatherings. These events often include educational programs, cultural performances, guest speakers, and opportunities to connect with others who are passionate about celebrating and honoring Juneteenth.
- Support Black-Owned Businesses: Show support for the Black community by actively seeking out and supporting Black-owned businesses. This can include shopping at Black-owned stores, dining at Black-owned restaurants, or utilizing services provided by Black entrepreneurs.
- Volunteer and Donate: Contribute to organizations and initiatives that work towards racial justice, equality, and empowerment of marginalized communities. Volunteer your time or donate resources to organizations that focus on education, advocacy, or providing support to Black individuals and communities.
- Amplify Voices: Use your platform, whether it's on social media or in your community, to amplify the voices of Black activists, leaders, and organizations working towards racial justice. Share their stories, messages, and resources to help raise awareness and support their work.