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Juneteenth reflections: Willonda McCloud

Willonda McCloud (Source: Provided)


As we have learned in this current climate, freedom is NOT free.  There continues to be a group of people who would like to erase slavery from the history books.

This is the reason that we must continually advocate for the rights of African Americans and other marginalized populations. 

Juneteenth 2023: Local reflections

One United Lancaster asked several Black community leaders and advocates to share their thoughts on Juneteenth. Click the links to read each author’s essay:

Many people have asked how do to advocate.  I submit that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. 

You advocate in your own way.  Some of us are marchers, some of us are writers, some of us are spoken word artists, some of us are on boards, some of us prefer to use social media. 

However you decided, just do it! VOTE! No longer can we stand by and watch people pass laws or ordinances at the local level and think that it does not have consequences or directly impact our everyday lives.  They do. If they did not, there would be no reason for it to exist. 

There are many ways to advance the cause. YOU just have to find your lane and drive in it until we reach goal of true FREEDOM. 

Enjoy this Juneteenth holiday but remember the reason:  Because Freedom is NOT Free!