Kansas City, Missouri 2021-06-19 18:35:59 –
Kansas City, Missouri — Hundreds of people in the metro celebrated their first official June 16 holiday on Saturday.
Thursday, President Joe Biden Signed law Make Juneteenth a federal holiday. It was passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate with bipartisan support.
Juneteenth commemorates the true end of slavery in the United States. More than 250,000 Texas slaves heard the news only two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
George Williams, president of Stand Up for Black Lives + Prairie Village, said the road to freedom centuries later is still long.
“I think what you don’t know can enslave you, and that was what happened in Texas with 250,000 slaves, they just didn’t know,” Williams said. It was. “Once we learn and are free from that ignorance, we find some real experience of freedom.”
He now wants his country to educate the next generation to do better.
“People in power share history from your point of view,” Williams said. “As a nation, we must say sorry, and as a nation, we must correct our mistakes and pay compensation for all the lives that have been damaged.”
Jay Holbert is President of the NAACP. He says that no real change will occur unless the attitude changes from more people.
“You always have this resistance, so that’s what we’re working on,” Holbert said.
While feeling welcome in Prairie Village, Holbert says many minorities across the metro and the United States are still struggling to break the glass ceiling.
“When you reach that limit, you’re out of luck,” Holbert said.
There was another celebration on the other side of the town in the 18th district and the Tsuru district.
Among the crowd were Janet Patterson and Ronda Washington, who remember the names of the people who came before them. We are looking to recognize this June holiday.
“(I’m thinking) Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks. There are many things to think about,” Patterson said. “It’s also a federal approval that we had slavery in the United States, because it doesn’t always come out.”
For Kevin Thompson, a young black man, he hopes that the fighting of the black community will one day become a common vision.
“It took us a lot of time to get here. We had a lot of trouble getting here. We want to keep fighting for equality as blacks. And I I want all of America to do the same fight, “Thompson said.
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