Monday, June 16, 2008


June 19, or "Juneteenth", is a peculiarly Texan observance for the African-American community. It marks the date when Texas slaves heard about the Emancipation Proclamation, two years late. In recent years it has spread beyond Texas until it is observed over most of the United States.

Unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in January, which celebrates civil rights, it is a free-form, family, picnic-style holiday. However, it offers opportunity to circulate among the participants and tell them that there is another African-American candidate for President who is conservative and does not look on minorities as victims.

Since June 19th is on Thursday, many celebrations will extend into the weekend. Our own town's will continue through this Saturday, and mainly consists of cook-offs for every possible "soul food" delicacy (including fajitas--go figure!) and plenty of jazz, of course.

Don't miss this opportunity to have some fun and promote Alan Keyes.