Updated: Jun 10, 2021
On June 19th, 1865, news that the civil war had ended, finally reached thousands of Black slaves living in bondage across the confederate south.
That day became known as "JUNETEENTH."
We are taught in school that slavery ended once President Abraham Lincoln issued the "Emancipation Proclamation" in 1863. This unfortunately, is incorrect. Slavery continued in the southern parts of the America for another two years, while the confederacy continued fighting.
On April 9th 1865, a cease fire agreement began with the army of Northern Virginia surrendering. Soon after hostilities across the country began to end.
Union General, Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865 to claim the land in the name of the United States.
With him he carried Lincoln's executive order, the Emancipation Proclamation, which in this moment officially freed every slave who was still being held in bondage.
As a result June 19th officially became America’s second Independence Day, aka "Our Freedom Day."
Juneteenth acknowledges a beginning to the end of the physical enslavement and mental terror that Black people have endured since America was first colonized. Yes, we celebrate July 4th, 1776 as America's birthday, but the celebration was built on the backs of enslaved Africans and oppressed Indigenous Peoples.
"JUNETEENTH," was not an end to the oppression, but a mile marker that we celebrate, so that all future generations will learn the truths of our past while they continue striving forward.
For the past few years our family of entrepreneurs, community agents, and professionals within the Black Coffee Company has made a significant effort to not only celebrate this day, but to also share this history with everyone in our network.
Our goal is to inspire others with the acknowledgement of how far we have come and the motivation that we must go even further.
This year for our Juneteenth celebration, we are officially opening our doors to "Black Coffee Atlanta. Our first brick & mortar coffee shop, located in the Lakewood Heights suburb of Atlanta, GA.
Our team felt this would be the most poignant way to demonstrate our commitment to community empowerment and collective freedom.
We invite all our supporters, friends, and neighbors to join us on June 19th from 2pm - 6pm for our
"JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION," at Black Coffee Atlanta ☕️🖤❤️💚
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#TheBlackCoffeeCompany stands ready to support your freedom! In honor of all who suffered and sacrificed so that we could stand on their shoulders.
We celebrate your ability and right to spend your dollars within your own communities, so your children can achieve #GenerationalWealth