Rejoice and Reimagine
Juneteenth celebrates the day when news of emancipation reached Galveston, Texas – the furthest reaches of the former Confederacy – and freed those in bondage. A time of celebration for the final abolition of slavery and of looking forward for the work that still remains.
Therefore, as we, the Black Church, 156 years later on Saturday, June 19, reflect upon this Juneteenth holiday let us make it a day of great rejoicing. Let us make it a day to give thanks and praise to God for setting us free! But not only should this be a day of great rejoicing, it is also a day of reimagining.Reflection by Rev. Dr. Kip Banks, Sr.