Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thank You, Mr. Michael Jackson!!

Michael Jackson dedicated this song to a friend, Ryan White, who died of AIDS in 1990. Now the song is dedicated to Michael Jackson who died Thursday of cardiac arrest. He was 50.

Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, sacrificed a normal childhood and adult life to entertain us. He is a one-of-a-kind artist. Jackson truly deserves the respect and tribute of a King.

God bless your soul and rest in peace Mr. Michael Jackson.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

Booker T. WashingtonUS educator (1856 - 1915)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!!

May your day be filled with love, joy, and laugher. Have a blessed Father's Day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth.

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