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Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863; modifying the status of African Americans from “slave” to “free.” However, this executive order didn’t free black folks chained to slavery so suddenly. Out of all the former Confederate states, the state of Texas was the most remote and therefore took the longest for the order to reach. On June 19th, 1865, what folks today call “Juneteenth”: black folks in Texas finally heard the good news and acquired their freedom. While “Juneteenth” had only been the beginning of black progress in the United States, and best believe black progress still hasn’t been fully reached today; its significance in U.S. history is truly important, and I encourage each and every one of you to recognize this historic day. Happy Juneteenth!!