Juneteenth commemorates Union Soldiers arriving at the Port of Galveston to enforce the freeing of the enslaved people still held captive in Texas months after the Civil War had ended and the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  

Unfortunately, this event did not end slavery in Texas or the United States, as the tentacles of prejudice and bigotry are carefully and deeply embedded in our nation’s culture. So, this Sunday, we will sign our Emancipation Proclamation and dive deep to free ourselves and our country from the chains of injustice.