Faith @ Home Daily- Friday, June 19, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 78:1-4
Today is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, sharing the news that the Civil War was over and slaves were now free. (Note that this happened two and a half years after President Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.)
Although forty-five states recognize Juneteenth today, many people still do not know about the significance of this day. The freed people of Texas began holding celebrations on June 19th. Today, Juneteenth commemorates freedom in the black community and serves as a day of remembrance, learning, and empowerment.
In today’s Psalm, we are encouraged to listen to the stories of our past and share them with our children. This includes hearing the stories of events like Juneteenth and its significance. Explore today’s activities to learn more about Juneteenth and its importance to the black community.