On tomorrow, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth commemorating the day when the last enslaved Africans were informed that they were free. The news of emancipation reached the people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.
One hundred fifty-five years later, and there are reasons for African-American women to celebrate and reasons to keep on pushing.
Amid a global pandemic, we are disproportionately dying. We are still fighting police brutality and blatant disrespect for the lives of our brothers and sisters. We weep, still for the injustices we face, merely because of the color of our skin. There is no doubt, we still have a long way to go.
On the other hand, I am hopeful. Amidst the darkness, I see light and I have never been more proud to be an African-American woman. We are making great strides. We support one another, we cry, laugh, and serve one another. African-American women now control half of all women-owned businesses. We are holding elected government positions in record numbers, and so much more. We fix each other's crown, and we are owning our power and our beauty. We are standing tall and demanding our rightful place in a country that our ancestors built.
Although the celebration this Juneteenth will be bittersweet, we should pause and take in how far we have come. Next, we take that momentum, to propel us to our limitless potential.
-Willette Monk, The Original GreenSistah™️