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Juneteenth celebrated as a federal holiday; Wichitans share hopes for future progress – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-06-19 23:44:12 –

Wichita, Kang (KSNW) – Saturday people throughout the county celebrated June 16th, the country’s latest federal holiday.

What is Juneteenth? June 19, 1865, the day some of the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. The last slaves were not released until later in the year, but holidays are used to symbolize the end of slavery.

Juneteenth has been celebrated in some parts of the country since 1866, but a few days ago it became a federal holiday.

“This is historic and we are very proud to accept it,” said Adrienne McAlpine, head of PowerCDC Community Relations.

After the anxiety after George Floyd’s murder, interest in vacation increased dramatically.

Rabonta Williams, the first vice president of the Wichita NAACP, said he feels that the new perception will allow more people to learn.

“It was what I was happy to help our country understand the meaning of Juneteenth,” she said.

Community Voice writer Malcolm Carter said he wants you to take the time to do more than celebrate African-American culture.

“But we also know where we came from as a country, and slavery is deeply rooted in many of the things we see from the country,” he said.

Carter says educating others is a possible step now. “I know there is a lot of controversy about critical racial theory and what it teaches, but most importantly, once people are educated, they themselves about what it is. But I don’t think anyone in the whitewashed history actually provides the service. ”

Williams is passionate about sharing this history with children.

“It’s time for them to know because they don’t know what they don’t know. Why do you do this, even step by step? What does it mean? And what does that mean to you? And you need to know its history, “she said.

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