UCC Juneteenth 2020 . . . And Still We Rise
Join the United Church of Christ Commemorate Juneteenth 2020
Live Webinar Event Friday, June 19, 2020 12 pm – 1:30 PM EST
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the U.S. The original legal declaration was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln which instituted Emancipation Proclamation. The African American community has been devastated by COVID-19. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
In this moment we are witnessing public lynchings and state sanctioned violence against black bodies. Together we must stop the murders of African descendant people! Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade are the latest victims of state sanctioned militarism, and white racists invoking the “Stand Your Ground” law in order to justify lethal gun violence against African Americans.
“We Are Not Ok”
These are more than words. We are not ok is a deeply felt response to the ongoing racism and injustices impacting communities of African descent. There is an urgency to dismantle systems and institutions perpetuating and supporting racists and racism.
You Are Invited
The United Church of Christ invites you to register and join the live webinar, Juneteenth 2020: And Still We Rise, Friday, June 19, 2020 12 noon until 1:30 pm EST
Become part of the movement to protect black lives, and create long-term sustainable movements towards liberation, equity, and healing, and calls to action for repair and reparations.
- We are called to stand in solidarity with protestors, grieving parents, and young people across multiple cultures and ethnicities nationally and globally
- There must be a radical shift to reimagine and reinterpret the Bible from the lived experiences of people of color, especially women of color.
- Be the Gospel and use our bodies and voices to defend human and civil rights
None of us are free until all of us are free from racism.
Join the Movement
June 19, 2020 will kick off a 4-year campaign within the United Church of Christ racial justice ministries.
Register and join the live webinar, And Still We Rise: Juneteenth 2020 event.
For more information contact Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Lovev@ucc.org