4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Juneteenth is an American holiday celebrating the ending of slavery in America. Or rather, the announcement of the end of slavery — slavery didn’t actually end with that news. The historical basis of the celebration is the announcement of the end of slavery by a Union Major General in Texas in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and after the Confederacy had effectively fallen, and after President Lincoln had been killed. And even then, on many plantations, word wasn’t allowed out about this announcement until after crops had been harvested.
Juneteenth is a celebration of liberation, and it’s also a reminder of the forces in society which resist liberation. Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on different meanings of freedom, on the difference between words about liberation and actual liberation, and on some of the work left to do to make liberation real for many people.
June theme: possibility. What does it mean to be a person of possibility? What does it mean to be a community of possibility?
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!