Bag News Notes

I come across ’em, sometimes by email, sometimes via IRC, occasionally on my own — Those blogs that you just can’t resist going back and keeping up with what’s being said. Such is the case with Bag News Notes, a photoblog site more than just a daily run-down on what’s going on.

On the entry; “Your Turn: Juneteenth“, he writes below the following photograph:

Earlier this week, a reader directed me to a slideshow on the Austin American-Statesman website. She had been particularly transfixed by this image which the editors ran on the front page three columns wide below the fold. The shot shows Miss Juneteenth, Jaquece Black, 18, waving to the crowd at the Juneteenth Parade in Austin.

I’ve been similarly fascinated by the shot, and was curious to see how you read it. Juneteenth, if you’re not familiar by the way, is celebrated on June 19 in twenty-nine states, and commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.

Juneteenth Parade in Austin – slideshow (

I couldn’t agree more; it is an interesting photograph that truly speaks truth to power. Let alone a reminder of something I had long forgotten: “Juneteenth”.

I also loved “War is Personal” blog-site. The photo is haunting and creates a permanent mental scar on what we’ve sown and what we’ll reap for years to come.

I find the entire blogsite full of thoughtful and interesting perspective. I’ve added the link to my Favorite Links on the blogroll, which I’m convinced will draw tons of traffic. I’ll keep gawking at it, maybe you will too.

One Response

  1. Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. Americans of African descent were trapped in the tyranny of enslavement on the country’s first “4th of July”, 1776, Independence Day. We honor our ancestors, Americans of African descent, who heard the news of freedom and celebrated with great joy and jubilation, on the “19th of June”, Juneteenth, 1865.

    It took over 88 years for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.

    The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign has worked diligently for several years to establish legislation in 29 states to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States. This has been a great accomplishment for the “Modern Juneteenth Movement” in America, reaching far beyond the establishment of Juneteenth as a state holiday in the place were it all began, in Texas, first celebrated in 1980.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a National Holiday in America!

    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

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