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Friday, June 20, 2008

HAT TIP to Marty Blogs

Excerpts from "Juneteenth/Jubilee Celebration" by Marty Blogs

It was specifically two years later by the time the news got to the state of Texas. When it did it became the genesis of the Juneteenth celebration, a tradition started by black Texans, but shared by many in various parts of the country. You’ll see some of my fellow AfroSpear bloggers writing about that particular commemoration. I’m going to let you know a little more about it’s celebratory cousin, Jubilee.
That’s how the holiday is known in the state of Kentucky. My old church began to help revive the idea and bring it back to memory in the Louisville area a few years ago. What began as a heritage and history celebration in the neighborhood of the church has grown to be a major festival downtown not far from the banks of the Ohio River.

As it turns out other states refer to the occasion in the same way. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine released this proclamation to the citizens of his state recognizing the 145th anniversary of President Lincoln’s historic federal legislation.

The origin of the word Jubilee is Biblical. It comes from the Old Testament scripture Leviticus 25: 40-54. The entire chapter covers the concept of redeeming goods and property of all sorts to families or individuals and dealing justly with one another in assorted ways every 49th year. Be sure to read the entire chapter for context. But, these particular verses deal with the redemption of slaves to their personal freedoms.

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Eddie Griffin Commentary

This is historically accurate, insofar as people in Texas also call Juneteenth the Jubilee, based upon Old Testament redemption of land and slave.

Hat Tip to the Juneteenth Afrospear bloggers:


Eddie Griffin's Blog: Why I Remember Juneteenth
Dallas South: Why I Celebrate Juneteenth
Ultraviolet Underground: Remember Juneteenth
Black Perspectives: Today is Independence Day
Electronic Village: What is Juneteenth?
Slant Truth: Happy Juneteenth!
There Already: 163 Years Ago Today...
The Fort Wayne Blog: Juneteenth Celebration
All About Race: Juneteenth 2008
Whattamisaid My Black History: What was William Staples thinking on June 19, 1865?
Purple Zoe: Remember Juneteenth
Exodus Mentality: What You Know About Juneteenth?
Marty Blogs: Juneteenth/Jubilee Celebration
Punkin Patch Emancipation Day
XicanoPwr HAPPY JUNETEENTH 2008!!!
Problem Chylde Juneteenth
Transgriot Happy Juneteenth Y'all!
Jack & Jill Smells Like Teenth Spirit -- Juneteenth Roundup
Jose Vilson Juneteenth: From Curt Flood to A-Rod

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