Thursday, June 18, 2009

Juneteenth: Black Emancipation Day

Juneteenth is a national day of celebration of Black freedom. The following Viewpoint is written by Frances Rice, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and lawyer, who is also the Chairman of the National Black Republican Association. A poignant history of how Republicanism has impacted Black history, this article is a must read for all conservatives and provides a rallying point of which we can be proud..

By: Frances Rice, Chairman of the National Black Repubilcan Association

As we celebrate Juneteenth, also know as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it is fitting that we pause to recognize the origin of this important part of our African American heritage.
June 19th marks the day in 1865 when word reached blacks in Texas that slavery in the United States had been abolished. More than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863, Republican President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.