NEMS and MPS Commemorate Juneteenth
Friday, June 19, 2020 12:00 PM

Today we join with those across the country and around the globe in the commemoration of Juneteenth.

While the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery was officially signed on January 1, 1863, it was not until June 19, 1865 that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the slaves were free.

As a result, Juneteenth is now the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Slavery is our nation’s “original sin,” its legacy brutal and traumatic for each ensuing generation.

Even in 2020, the full promise of freedom and equality remains unfilled for many African-Americans.

On this day of commemoration, Minneapolis Public Schools commits to redoubling our efforts to teach what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “hard history” of the United States.

On this day of reflection, we encourage you to read the Center’s report, Teaching Hard History.

Ed Graff