I am thankful for the many people who made this holiday possible. For those of you who have been following my blog these last four years, you know that I have often heaped praise upon one, in particular, Dr. Ronald Myers, for his pioneering effort to make Juneteenth a holiday. I also wrote about him in my book, The Weeping Time. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago but now more than ever his work is not forgotten. He organized a national effort to advocate for the holiday and now here it is.
And here I am happily celebrating Juneteenth in Binghamton NY and sharing what the holiday signifies to me on Channel 12.
HIATUS TILL JULY 30
This Juneteenth holiday has come at a time when there is still so much division in America. Some have remarked that it is one of the few things our politicians could agree on recently and I am thankful for that. The pandemic, though slowed, is still raging in some parts of the world and the country. As I learned from my study of the Atlantic slave trade documented in my book, African Voices, if some are not free, all are not free. Though I am no medical expert, this more or less sums up my view of the pandemic. In our interconnected globalized world, as long as there are hotspots ANYWHERE, then we are not yet in the clear. I hope you will enjoy your summer but also stay safe as we often said during the worst days of the pandemic.
And, alas, I hope you are able to steal pockets of rest. Baileyblog will do the same and will be on hiatus until the end of July.
Rest is not just rejuvenating, it is regenerative.
Anne C. Bailey
Photo: sdttds from Davis, CA, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons