Juneteenth is one of the most historic holidays for African Americans. The holiday recognizes the day every slave was informed of their freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued two years and six months before. As of June 19, 1865, every African American in the country knew of their freedom.
The history of this holiday has evolved into a beautiful celebration for African Americans as we remember our ancestors’ struggles and one of our first victories in this country as a collective people. However, the pain and suffering of many who are still oppressed must not be forgotten nor should we forget our history.
This Juneteenth holiday, I pray for freedom and unity. As we celebrate, I encourage us to reflect on our struggles while remembering that we must continue to respond to hate and injustice with love.
I ask that as you continue to pray for your neighbors, and enemies, we continue to be thankful and mindful that we are indeed the fruit our ancestors’ dreams.
We, the historic and predominately African-American body that makes up the Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. commemorate this Juneteenth holiday.
On behalf of our Senior Bishop Vernon E. Kennebrew and COCHUSA’s Board of Bishops, we pray for the continued liberties of our brothers and sisters across the United States.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)
Bishop Lindsay E. Jones