Lawrence Jones on Juneteenth, Father's Day and the greatness of America

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? THE HISTORY BEHIND THE OLDEST MEMORATION OF THE ABOLISHMENT OF SLAVERY IN THE US

LAWRENCE JONES: I want to take a moment to reflect on a few of the most important holidays of the year. 

So first, you got Juneteenth, a national holiday that marks the emancipation of slaves in America. No question about it: President Lincoln took steps years earlier to set freedom in motion. He’s a hero of mine for his efforts. 

Juneteenth, however, means a lot to me because this historic moment happened in my home state of Texas. As you know, I’m a proud Texan. Tomorrow, June 19, we remember the day that Texans got the word that once and for all, all slaves must be freed. The U.S. military took the lead. 

Children hold an illustration of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till, during the launch of the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights Bus Tour on Juneteenth in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. June 19, 2021.   REUTERS/Eric J. Shelton

Children hold an illustration of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till, during the launch of the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights Bus Tour on Juneteenth in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. June 19, 2021.   REUTERS/Eric J. Shelton

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