NOW at the national level recognizes the importance of Juneteenth, and TriadNOW participated in the Juneteenth Festival on 6/22/19 in Winston-Salem. Triad Cultural Arts planned the event which included indoor and outdoor components. Indoors at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, there was art, health, exhibits and more, from 1pm-5pm. Outdoors there was music and food from 1pm-8pm at Bailey Park.
Triad NOW had a very popular booth featuring standup photos of 4 historic African American women – can you name them from the pictures at the table? Mothers and daughters as well as groups of friends participated trying to win prizes for identifying the women correctly. There were the pictures, and also a set of clues for each woman.
Triad NOW gave out lots of prizes, and everyone got one but few could guess all four women. – Pauli Murray; scientist Madam C.J. Walker; politician, educator and author Shirley Chisholm; and the Poet Phillis Wheatley. The least known woman was Pauli Murray. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray (1910–1985) was an American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, a women’s rights activist, Episcopal priest, and author. As you may know, Pauli Murray is one of the founders of NOW, and she grew up in Durham NC. Duke University The Pauli Murray Project is part of Duke University, which has staff dedicated to preserve and share Murray’s work and history.
Juneteenth commemorates the day 154 years ago when Texan slaves learned that the Civil War was won and they were free. On June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3, finally making emancipation a reality in the region.
Juneteenth is an annual tradition that grew nationally out of the festivities and joy that Granger’s announcement brought. It is a day of celebration, liberation and defiance, and for remembering the strength and achievements of African Americans, while also recognizing the horrors of slavery.