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On June 19, 1865, a Union edict announced that all slaves in Texas were free.
Now, June 19th is known as Juneteenth (or Jubilee Day or Freedom Day). It's an official celebration of the end of slavery. This year, Juneteenth is falling in the midst of a massive revolutionary Black Lives Matter movement, which erupted following the recent death of George Floyd but which is an extension of the Civil Rights movement and a reaction to 400 years of Black oppression in America.
"Juneteenth (June 19th) is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people's unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S.," writes the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). "This Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won't tolerate anything less than justice for all our people."
The movement, which is organizing many of the larger demands shared by the major Justice for George Floyd protests happening around the nation, is planning a massive mobilization on June 19th and the following weekend. They're offering many ways for people to get involved, whether in-person or behind the scenes.
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