Juneteenth: The Wait is Finally Over

Juneteenth: The Wait is Finally Over

By Sara Chinakwe

What is Juneteenth?

African-Americans have a long-standing history of fighting to be free. Juneteenth is a celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major Gordon General Granger told the people of Galveston, Texas, that the Civil war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This historic day is known as Juneteenth in the United States of America. Unfortunately, since the beginning of slavery African-Americans, in America endured the wrath of unfathomable treatment. Even when the emancipation proclamation was signed, it was another two years before any enslave were told of their freedom. This left the enslaved to endure more horrific treatment at the hands of their masters. African-Americans in the U.S have long suffered from the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, massacre to the civil rights movements.

Curbing Racism

Today, the whole world can see the evils of racism at work. Although African-Americans have experienced legal freedom, some of us are still held captive in systemic oppression.
Churches like St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento, California, equip their parishioners with facilitating talks over race. FR. Martin Luther King of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, says, “It is imperative that we get the conversation going with talks over race within the church.” He describes his home parish as predominantly upper-class white. Where he explains, his parish is 99 percent white and 1 percent black, where he is the only person of color. Problems of racism, “don’t just go away because there are no people of color in the neighborhood you live in. Racism is a global problem, which is shaping the world economically, socially, and legally”.

History in the Making

Since Juneteenth is part of African-American history, the U.S federal government has listened to the voices of the people, The wait is finally over, on June 17, 2021, President Biden made Juneteenth a Federal holiday.
President Biden says, “this will go down for me as one of the greatest honors I will have as president”. Through suffering, “we begin to heal and grow stronger”, Biden says.


10 Subscription Boxes that Won’t Break the Bank

10 Subscription Boxes that Won’t Break the Bank

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We craft box offers all the materials needed inside the box and can be shared between two children! With 3 crafts and easy to follow photo directions families can enjoy a stress-free creative experience together!

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We Craft Box

Each month’s We Craft Box features a unique theme and story about the crafts. When it arrives at your doorstep it’s a complete creative unit! All the materials needed are inside the box and can be shared between two children! With 3 crafts and easy to follow photo directions families can enjoy a stress-free creative experience together!

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The butterfly box is perfect for you when you realize that with the business of life, your intimacy with Christ can suffer, so the butterfly box brings quiet moments with God to you!

Butterfly-Box

We deliver hand-selected items to help you live out your faith in the world around you. We also realize that with the business of life, your intimacy with Christ can suffer, so we bring quiet moments with God to you!

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VictoryBoxes include a combination of ties, socks, tie clips, lapel pins, grooming products, bracelets, and more!

VictoryBox

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The reading bug box is perfectly personalized to every child's age, interests and reading level by the expert staff of our independent Children's Bookstore.

Reading Bug Box

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blem solving and creativity so you always have a choice when you refocus yourself.

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Confetti Collection is a new subscription box delivering happiness right to your door!

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Confetti Collection

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A subscription box for dog moms! Each box will come with carefully picked items geared to the dog mom and for the doggy!

Dog Mom Box

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Your Grill Master's Club box comes with the best curated grilling and BBQ goods from all over the country. A certified BBQ judge selects award winning products that are essential for your cookouts.

Grill Masters Club

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Tea Simplicity is a great way to try & discover new teas. Multiple packages to choose from to fit your drinking needs! Makes a great gift!

Tea, Simplicity Teas: Tea with intentions

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Each box includes 1 research inspired therapeutic activity to wire your brain for more joy plus 6 to 8 self-care wellness goodies to reduce stress & enhance your life!

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5 DIY Holiday Crafts

5 DIY Holiday Crafts

My favorite things DIY Holiday edition showcases 5 DIY holiday crafts for the whole family!

Quick tutorials with individual links to each DIY mamas site.

DIT holiday Crochet

6 Quick & Easy Crochet Gifts

If crochet is your thing you’ll love keepingthecritters.com Ronni teaches you step-by-step how to start and finish your crochet project. Ronni is never short on ideas from kid’s costumes and fall decor. She has simplified crochet for even the non-crochet mama.

DIY holiday craft earings

DIY faux earrings tutorial

Stephanie at Ruralruby.com offers a great post called 10 Christmas Gifts You Can Make. This post covers everything from earings to hairbows to picture gifts. Stephanie’s gifts are low cost, easy to repeat and can be done with the whole family in mind.

DIY Holiday craft nativity scene

Simple Shape Nativity Craft

You can’t forget a baby manger this season. This simple manger craft by Merri comes with the perfect size free pattern. The kids will have a blast creating and talking about the story of what the season is all about. You can find the free manger pattern here.

DIY holiday crafts for kids

Christmas Gift Bags

Maybe you could make the holiday season fun with a unicorn party! Carolyn at partywithunicorns.com offers many ideas for throwing the best kid parties. She also has DIY tutorials and free printables that any age child could do. So when you have all the kids over and school is out through a unicorn party!

DIY Gift giving on a budget

Five keys to gift giving on a budget!

Need to get your home ready for the holiday season? Enlist the help of your kids and head on over to mamaandmore.com where Kaylee has so many ideas for sprucing up your home. Kaylee writes about gift-giving on a budget with kids. Engage your kids in activities during the time off for the holiday season. Further, you don’t break the bank during the holiday season.

I hope you liked this DIY crafters holiday edition of My Favorite Things! What about you, what was your favorite DIY crafter tip or tutorial? Leave a comment below.

Are you a crafter looking to be featured on the next favorite things? Drop me an email, always looking for great ideas.