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Happy Juneteenth 2020!

June 19, 2020




Juneteenth:  The day that the yoke of slavery lifted off the last remaining slaves in America. 


Also known as Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day and Jubilee Day, we pray that Juneteenth soon becomes a National Holiday.



Official Juneteenth Poem


We Rose

From Africa’s heart, we rose

Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,

We rose

Skills of art, life, beauty and family
Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose

Survive we must, we did,
We rose

We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
Above everything expected, we rose

To become the knowledge we never knew,
We rose

Dream, we did
Act we must


~ Kristina Kay (1996)


For more information on the history of Juneteenth, please visit



"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."


John 8:32 (KJV)



** Photo above is of Takesha Stoll from the dance, Kettle Prayers, performed at Fort Monroe (Freedom's Fortress)


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