Juneteenth 2021

Commemorate Freedom

Join us in an outdoor reflection in commemoration of Juneteenth and share your thoughts with Outdoor Afro. The question we ask ourselves is “What does freedom mean to me in America?”. Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect in honor of the 2.5 years freedom was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people of Galveston, TX. Let’s go outdoors! Learn how to share your reflections below.

Thousands of people connected with nature on Juneteenth and became part of the Outdoor Afro community.

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3 Ways To Submit Your Reflection

on or after June 19th

 

If Registered

If you registered, please add your reflection here:

Not Registered

If you did not register, please add your reflection here:

With Social Media

You can also use social to submit your reflection by tagging Outdoor Afro and using #JuneteenthWithOutdoorAfro

Why We Commemorate

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.

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"Learn More about Juneteeth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture."

Many accounts of history appear to leave out the “how and why.”

How was it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to draft and sign an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in September 1862 and despite the three months until it took effect, no one told the enslaved?

  • Why didn’t the slaveholders tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the sheriff tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the mayor tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the governor tell the enslaved?

We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you.

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Thank you to all the organizations who have committed to being part of the inaugural Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro. It is with our sponsors support that we are going to engage thousands of people in reflecting on what it means to be free in America.

Thank you to all the organizations who have committed to being part of the inaugural Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro. It is with our sponsors support that we are going to engage thousands of people in reflecting on what it means to be free in America.

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What is Juneteenth?

June 19th, 1865 is the date when 250,000 enslaved people were freed from bondage 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect - an injustice. Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.

Is Juneteenth the end of slavery in the United States?

No. Slavery in the United States legally ended December 18th, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the required 27 of the then 36 states on December 6, 1865, and proclaimed on December 18.

How to participate?

Register by going to http://bit.ly/JuneteenthReg. On Saturday, June 19th, we ask that you reflect outside for 2.5 hours on what it means to be free in America. Come back here and submit your reflection.

Do I need to register?

We'd love for you to register so that we can share updates on our commemoration. We promise not to spam you/share your email!

How do I submit a reflection?

When you register, you will receive a reminder to come back here and submit a reflection. We can't wait to hear what you think and may even publish it!

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