Across the Caribbean, across north america, Black folks celebrate the end of enslavement.
Every Black diasporic and Continental African people impacted by enslavement have this day and the Haitian Revolution that inspired so much of it.
Whether it’s the first of August like Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, TnT, St.V, St. L or if it’s the Thursday before like Bermuda, or if it’s the first Monday like the Bahamas, BVI, St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada.
Puerto Rico in March
DC in April
Florida, Mississippi in May
Texas for Juneteeth
Emancipation days cross calendars and oceans.
We have these days and see the work of our ancestors.
We see too the scattered resistance against abolishing enslavement in different dates and histories.
We see the days, months, years and centuries it took, of resistance work from resisting theft, to resisting on the ship, to resisting on the block, on the plantation, fighting to read, to vote, to live.
It is that work that forced pen to paper in white men’s hands, signing our emancipation but not meaning it.
Emancipation can mean two things:
- the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation
- the freeing of someone from slavery
The state was forced to give us the second, and it is our generation that must force them to give us the first.
Emancipation Day today.
Liberation Day tomorrow.
Happy Black August family.