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

劳伦斯·琼斯: 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.

六月十九日, 然而, means a lot to me because this historic moment happened in my home state of Texas. 如你所知, I’m a proud Texan. 明天, 六月 19, we remember the day that Texans got the word that once and for all, all slaves must be freed. 美国. 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, 密西西比州, 我们. 六月 19, 2021.   REUTERS/Eric J. 谢尔顿

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, 密西西比州, 我们. 六月 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eric J. 谢尔顿

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