It's time to remember on the tens of millions of our African ancestors who were kidnapped from their homeland and forced to be slaves in North and South America and the Caribbean.
We remember those who died on the ships during the long torturous voyage across the Middle passage.
We remember our ancestors who were stripped of their humanity and identity. Let us never forget the trials and tribulations they were forced to face.
We remember every crack of a whip, every lashing of flesh, all of the blood shed in the cruelty of slavery.
We remember every man and woman who revolted or ran to freedom.
We remember the black men who fought and died in war to ensure that freedom would be a reality to their people.
Let's celebrate and walk in the freedom for which our people have bled and died! Let us use our freedom wisely, guard it carefully, and embrace it totally.
Let's continue to fight for justice and stand against injustices in the world! We must not let racism, hate, prejudice, nor bigotry have the last word.
Allow this Juneteenth to be a reminder of our tenacity, our ability to hold on to hope, and to our faith in God.
Let all African Americans continue to hope and work toward a better future while remembering and rejoicing over our triumphant heritage. We shall forever strive to newer heights through liberation and excellence.