Today is the only Friday the 13th we’ll have this year and it’s paired with a full moon to boot. Some call it spooky, I say hogwash. We had a great day in the QC. Along with this Father’s Day weekend, we are celebrating June-teenth.
First, a Father’s Day note: Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents. (Hmmm. That came from these folks ) I didn’t say it, I don’t even agree with it, but let’s sat it true. For those who aren’t in your child life- start today. They need you.
General Order Number 3
One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:
“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”
Look what I found online. I love this celebration. It’s on point and is the epitome of Juneteenth.
Juneteeth- On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Tex., to inform inhabitants of the Civil War’s end two months earlier. Two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Granger’s General Order Number 3 finally freed the last 250,000 slaves whose bondage, due to the minimal Union presence in the region, had been essentially unaffected by Lincoln’s efforts. June 19th—which was quickly shortened to “Juneteenth” among celebrants—has become the African-American addendum to national Independence Day, for, as Juneteenth jubilees remind us, the Emancipation Proclamation did not bring about emancipation, and the prevailing portrayal of Independence Day ignores the ignominious incidence of slavery entirely.
Friday The 13th- is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. … There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norsemyth, that having thirteen people seated at a table …. Western Folklore: 62–63.
Here’s just two of the many gatherings this weekend. Feel free to share your towns news.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12 noon–5 pm
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
17th ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL OF THE CAROLINAS. Contact the HOUSE OF AFRICA at 704-376-6160 or 980-613-5304. This year is going to be SPECTACULAR !!!!! Don’t miss the chance to be a part of an important piece of American history !! Come witness the SPECTACULAR ENACTMENT of QUEEN CHARLOTTE OF MECKLENBURG (the live telling of the history of Charlotte).
Here’s 4 things to do this weekend:
1. Hug your dad
2. Call your dad
3. Learn more about Juneteenth.
4. Take the family to a Juneteenth gathering