Statement commemorating Juneteenth

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Today we remembered our ancestors by the commemoration of Juneteenth.

On this day in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Lincoln, word reached plantations in Texas to mark the final slaves freed from bondage in the United States.

We honor the progress made by African Americans whose beginnings in this country come from the hardships of the chain, through the terrors of Jim Crow, to the promise of our modern era.

Detroit was a route and destination for the freedom of many of our ancestors, and we remember their sacrifices and resistance to slavery and oppression in the South. We celebrate the liberation and their journeys to Freedom.

In 2018, I remain hopeful for the full recognition of the human and civil rights of Black Americans and the legacy that slavery and Juneteenth bring.

I vow to continue fighting alongside my sisters and brothers and allies against existing injustices, whether through social advancement or state and federal legislation.

Charlesetta Wilson
June 19, 2018

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