The HELPcard Is Celebrating Juneteenth

On June 19th, 1865 Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the good news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Thus began the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth. Juneteenth boasts a tradition of celebration, and has notably focused on education and self-improvement.
In the spirit of this let us remind ourselves that the struggle for equality did not end with the emancipation proclamation. This struggle was not lacking in the early years of the Juneteenth celebrations as there was undoubtedly resistance against the use of public property for the festivities. Thankfully, as African Americans were able to overcome obstacles and become landowners, land was made available and dedicated to these celebrations.
The HELPcard invites you to take a moment to commemorate the brave men who fought to end slavery and preserve our union, and for the centuries of slaves who never lived to see this day. Let us take a moment to celebrate African American culture as one of resilience, strength, patience, and endurance. As a proud nation of many diverse cultures, this is one of many obstacles that we have overcome to make America the great nation it is!! Happy Juneteenth!

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