About a month ago Juneteenth was first celebrated as a federal holiday. This commemorates June 19, 1865, when word finally reached ALL enslaved persons that President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 had set them free. At a celebration of this momentous day in history in downtown Greensboro, it was a real joy to watch a sea of happy faces, feeling pride in the day, and welcome in our city. There was food, music and dancing. Young children did cartwheels on the grass, balls were tossed and people sported new Juneteenth T-shirts. Lots of families were just relaxing and meeting up with friends, and people of all ages were there. Sadly, this very positive event was not reported in the Greensboro News & Record. – KHS ([email protected])