Join us this Month as we Celebrate Juneteenth 2019 at KOOP Radio. Juneteenth, held this year on Wednesday, June 19th, is a state holiday in Texas and the oldest known continuous celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Slavery has been a part of Texas history as Tejas, a Mexican state, an independent republic, from1836-1845 and as the twenty-eighth US state before seceding as the seventh state to join the confederacy in 1861.
President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863 declaring that "all persons held as slaves" within the thirteen rebellious territories "are, and henceforward shall be free."
However, it was not until two and a half years later, on 19 June 865, when federal troops under General Granger arrived at Galveston Island that the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced.
Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated in Texas to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. Meanwhile, according to recent Federal Reserve
Board’s Consumer Finance Report the median white family’s net worth is still 12x greater than that of black families’.
Please join KOOP throughout the month of June in celebration of Juneteenth to celebrate Black history, tradition, pride and progress. And to question, if progress can be at the same time a lack of progress.