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June nineteenth one hundred and fifty nine years ago


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The conclusion of the American Civil War commenced with the articles of surrender agreement of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, at Appomattox Court House, by General Robert E. Lee and concluded with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah on November 6, 1865, bringing the hostilities of the American Civil War to a close.


The First Juneteenth occurred on June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day.


Legally, the war did not end until a proclamation by President Andrew Johnson on August 20, 1866, when he declared "that the said insurrection is at an end and that peace, order, tranquillity, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.


Major General Gordon Granger
led the Union Soldiers to Galveston, Texas,
to announce the end of the Civil war
and the freedom of all enslaved people.

Jim Crow sat perched
over the event horizon
waiting in the wings,
which brought darkened
(non-sheltering) skies
not only for the hot pocket
of suddenly emancipated
persons of color,
who would subsequently experience
immense prejudice
upon their embarkation

as (no pun intended)
"masters" of their own selves
while attempting to eke out a living
dirt poor, yet resourceful
hunkering down on plantations,
which property eminent domain
of federal government,
(a political entity
characterized by union
of partially self-governing provinces,

states, or other regions),
whereby said body electric
codified, fortified, and indemnified
manifest destiny, a phrase
coined in 1845, the idea
that United States destined—
by God advocates believed—
to expand its dominion
and spread democracy and capitalism
across the entire North American continent.

Though institution of slavery
supposedly rendered null and void
at the stroke of a pen
(courtesy Abraham Lincoln)
well actual legislation
passed by Congress on January 31, 1865,
and ratified on December 6, 1865,
the 13th Amendment abolished slavery
in the United States.

Nevertheless merciless abuse
heaped upon the negro
despite their legal status
being Granted leeway
to persevere life, liberty
and pursuit of happiness.

Recognition as equal brethren
among collective soul of American
fraught with bitter aversion,
condemnation, and ejaculation
of physical and verbal violence
against people of color,
whose melanin enriched complexion
birthrights rendered hidebound
severely limited
inalienable rights as declared
in Declaration of Independence,

now still utter abhorrence
regarding treatment
of those proud enterprising people,
whose once storied
African past left in tatters
leaving sparse threads
woven together by diligent dogged research
nsync with twenty first century technology
to allow, enable and provide opportunity
to stitch together a more complete tapestry
and spiritual fusion of shackled ancestors.


Hard fought (videre licet

tooth and nail) gains

won on bloody battlefields and boardrooms

also witnessed the unfortunate tragic sacrifice

of additional courageous lives linkedin

to pursuit of desegregation
ushered commencement

of Civil Rights Movement

a social movement and campaign

from 1954 to 1968 in the United States


to abolish legalized racial segregation,

discrimination, and disenfranchisement

not only for people of color,

but other mentally, physically

and spiritually challenged

in the country, nevertheless

election day November fifth 2024
promises to exhume the ghosts of yesteryear

courtesy nine hundred page tome

Mandate for Leadership

laying bare (I make no bones

about said door stopper

of Trumpist tract)

to take figurative hatchet

and chop away sacred coveted freedoms,
whereby significant progressive gains

will be rescinded towards

a predominant swath of people
transforming the land of milk and honey

into a frightful dystopian nightmare.


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mlowe5 says:

A beautiful and excellent poetic canvasing for those who yet remain unaware of The Day---particularly---in the perspective of present day America! Thanks for the share. ONE. PEACE AND LOVE.

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