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Juneteenth and the Continuing March to Freedom with TBE Online

  • Friday, June 18
  • 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
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By any of its names—Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day and Emancipation Day—June 19th celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans who were enslaved in the United States. Although President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862, the implementation of the decree was slow and inconsistent, relying upon the Union Army’s slow advancement through the slave states. It was in Texas—the most distant of these states—that Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed the final decree of freedom from slavery on June 19, 1865. The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolishing slavery was signed in December 1865. Yet we know the pernicious legacy of slavery continues to this day with the yoke of racial injustice, disenfranchisement, and violence—and slavery’s modern-day descendant, Mass Incarceration. Rather than waiting for freedom’s decree to arrive on horseback, we are called to help fulfill the promise of Juneteenth in our time.

This year we will be marking Juneteenth with a program looking at powerful local efforts to free young people at risk or those already caught up in the criminal justice system from the hopeless cycle of incarceration.  The June 18th program starts at 7:30 pm, following our Friday night Shabbat service, and will feature speakers from the Partakers College-Behind-Bars program and the new Partakers Empowerment Program (PEP), a re-entry program for individuals recently released from prison. We will hear how TBE mentors are supporting individuals during their incarceration, and then post-release in rebuilding their lives. We will also learn about efforts to prevent youth-at-risk from getting swept into the cycle of violence and incarceration.

About RJI: TBE’s Racial Justice Initiative seeks to increase our understanding and activism to address ongoing discrimination and inequality.

Registration: This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call.