Happy Independence Day

In Arlington, Virginia

At the US Marine Corps War (AKA Iwo Jima) Memorial.

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2021 is the first “Independence Day” after the country officially made Juneteenth a federal holiday. For so many in the Black community, July 4th was a strange thing to celebrate, given that the day’s declaration was exclusive of the freedom of enslaved Africans and their descendants until more than two centuries later. So, Juneteenth was a more important day to celebrate the hard-fought freedom. As we celebrate what we think “freedom” means to us, remember that it’s still elusive for so many of us in so many ways, too.

As Emma Lazarus said,

“Until we are all free, none of us are free.”

Let’s keeping putting our heads and our hands towards that goal.

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