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Happy Father’s Day and let’s celebrate Juneteenth!


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads tomorrow!


I hope you feel celebrated! 


And if Father’s Day is a hard day for you, I hope you find a way to bring joy into your day.


This Wednesday, June 19, is Juneteenth!


I used to teach Texas History when I was a middle school teacher, and every year I had a unit on Juneteenth, a commemorative day for the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. 


I loved teaching my students about individuals like Opal Lee. Opal was instrumental in establishing Juneteenth as a National Holiday (just 3 years ago!).

 

While most African Americans were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it took a full 2 years before the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in Texas were free by executive decree. 


This week there will be parades and celebrations to help commemorate this important day in history across our District.


We encourage you to find a parade, museum or celebration to attend in support of our fellow Americans.


I recently spent an afternoon in Bastrop at the new 'Piecing Together African American History Quilt Exhibit. 


If you are in the Bastrop area, stop in to see the Juneteenth impact on many local families. 


On Juneteenth, there will also be a celebration to dedicate the traveling Harriet Tubman exhibition at the Kerr Community Center & Park. 


If you attend a celebration, we would love to see pictures from you, too! 


Tag us on social media with your Juneteenth pictures!






And please help us continue to march on for freedom for ALL in Texas.








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