What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is short for June 19th.  It is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation day, and is celebrated as the day the enslaved black people in the South were officially freed.

On June 19, 1865 a Union Army led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Texas and officially informed the enslaved people that they were to be freed.

This was a full two and a half years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, June 19th, 2020 commemorates 155 years since General Granger read out Order Number 3 in Galveston, TX informing the enslaved people of their freedom.

Today is a day to celebrate blackness or to learn and reflect.

Happy  Freedom Day!!!


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “What Is Juneteenth.” PBS.org. Originally published in The Root. 2013. https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/

“History of Juneteenth.” Juneteenth.com. https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm


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Shakespeare Snacks: Ep. 3

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This week, we learn that history doesn’t have to be boring!
Watch Kate and Hotspur duke it out in a scene from a History Play!

Henry IV Part 1 will be released tomorrow, March 31 at 11am.

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Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

We are the makers of manners…

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Today’s quote comes from Henry the Fifth–a history play?!

Don’t worry, there’s no quiz. I’ll spare you the historical context.

All we need to know is that beloved English hero Henry V (of the famous “Band of Brother’s” speech) is trying to woo the beautiful Katherine of France…and he’s failing.

Henry wants to kiss her, but Katherine of France insists that it isn’t proper to kiss before marriage.  So our hero Henry argues simply, “We are the makers of manners…”

Basically, we make our own rules!

I love this quote because it puts the power in our own hands.  We are free to decide what serves us and what doesn’t.  We learn the traditions, but ultimately we have the power.