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Sunday, June 18, 2023

Celebrating Father's Day and Juneteenth

 cj Sez: First, I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, adoptive fathers, and father-figures. I hope this day is the start of a healthy and happy year. 



   "Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. 

  On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. Juneteenth 2023 occurs on Monday, June 19. 
Early celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas."  (Source: )

   "Given this systematic erasure, the story of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to reach the U.S., occupies a profoundly unique place in the history of the transatlantic slave trade.

  There were roughly 110 African children, teenagers, and young adults on board the Clotilda when it arrived in Alabama in 1860, just one year before the Civil War. Unable to return to Africa after emancipation on June 19, 1865—
aka Juneteenth—they left records and gave interviews about who they were and where they came from that survive today."  (Source: 

   Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis, born Oluale Kossola, and also known as Cudjo Lewis, was the third to last adult survivor of the Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the United States. He was one of the captives brought to the United States on board the last slave ship Clotilda in 1860. 

  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe summer…with lots of time for reading!


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   P.S. For my local readers, the Mobile Public Library will soon have THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA ready for check-out. 

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