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american descendants of slavery
Reparations are necessary for rebuilding Black America, argues the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby in his new book, “Getting to the Promised Land: Black America and the Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement,” published Tuesday by Westminster John Knox Press.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those who were enslaved, in January 1863. However, it wasn’t until two years later, on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. After this, more than 250,000 slaves across Texas learned that they were free.
It is said, “When America gets a cold, the African American community gets pneumonia.”