Some term it "the other Independence Day". Today is Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the country. While widely celebrated in the South, it's taken on a more national profile. Right now, and into the weekend, there are celebrations going on marking the day.
|Celebrating freedom, with Texas roots.|
Last week the U.S. Senate approved a resolution marking today Juneteenth Independence Day. The resolution was backed by John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
We didn't think we'd be agreeing wholeheartedly with anything the senators have done as of late, but making Juneteenth all official is something we like.
"Juneteenth is a sober reminder of the original sin of our nation," Cruz said in a statement. "As we commemorate the long-overdue announcement of emancipation made this day in Texas 149 years ago, let us together, in the words of James Weldon Johnson, 'lift every voice and sing' in praise of the God-given freedoms we all cherish." More »