Clerk Dorothy Brown Speaks on the Significance of Juneteenth 2020: Now is the Time for True, Lasting Change
- Friday, June 19, 2020
(Chicago) Hon. Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, issued the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth 2020.
I am happy to join in the celebration of Juneteenth today in recognition of the date when news of the emancipation of enslaved Black people in America reached the slaves in Texas (June 19, 1865).
Recent racially-charged tragedies occurring in our nation is galvanizing hundreds of thousands of Americans to recognize the significance of Juneteenth as the day that not only marked the end of slavery but also signified the liberation of African-American people from the atrocities and injustices of America’s biased institutions.
However, it has been 157 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the signs of the time show that Black people are still not free and that racist systems baked into the fabric of America continue to discriminate and keep Black people enslaved.
Perhaps this Juneteenth, we will see people demand that our country shift to true and lasting change. NOW IS THE TIME. Let’s all remember this Juneteenth as a day of emancipation from slavery and as the day that we freed our minds to accept and embrace the fact that all men and women are created equal and must be afforded equal opportunities and equal protection in America.