Historical Note: On June 19, 1865, Union Army general Gordon Granger, via General Order No. 3, under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation, declared freedom for enslaved people in Texas; the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery. Commemorations, centered in and around Galveston, Texas, then spreading across the South, have been held since the mid-19th century. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, declaring the occasion a federal holiday.
“No one is free until we are all free.”
So said Martin Luther King, Jr., thereby testifying to the intrinsically über-relational quality of liberty that transcends every distinction that we humans devise and employ to distinguish and divide ourselves one from another.
In today’s America, continually, increasingly, “where sound the cries of race and clan” and “the noise of selfish strife,” I pray that we, each and all – whoever we are, wherever we are, however we can with whatever we have – for the sake of love and justice, daily strive to invest each and all with the God-given freedom granted not by virtue of color, class, culture, or, even, character, but creation.
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 From the hymn, Where cross the crowded ways of life, verse 1; words (1905) by Frank Mason North (1850-1935)