Juneteenth & Frederick Douglass Statue Dedication

Juneteenth

Juneteenth Celebration

It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation. News traveled so slowly in those days that Texas did not hear of Lincoln’s Proclamation, which he gave on January 1, 1863, until more than two years after it was issued!

The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn’t until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official state holiday. But it is much more than a holiday. Juneteenth has become a day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture, and achievements. It is a day for all Americans to celebrate African American history and rejoice in their freedom.

Source: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/tx/es_tx_june_1.html

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Frederick Douglass Statue - Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitors Center
Frederick Douglass Statue – Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitors Center

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818– February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. He wrote two more autobiographies, with his last, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881 and covering events through and after the Civil War. After the Civil War, Douglass remained active in the United States’ struggle to reach its potential as a “land of the free”. Douglass actively supported women’s suffrage. Without his approval, he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket. Douglass held multiple public offices.

Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass

Statue Dedication of Frederick Douglass
June 19, 2013 – 11:00 AM ET
Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Capitol

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28 thoughts on “Juneteenth & Frederick Douglass Statue Dedication

  1. WH

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at Esperanza’s 2013 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
    Andrew W Mellon Auditorium, Washington DC

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
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    10:00 PM
    10:15 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks to the League of United Latin American Citizens Youth and Young Adults Awards Banquet
    Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

  2. Juneteenth Celebration

    It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation. News traveled so slowly in those days that Texas did not hear of Lincoln’s Proclamation, which he gave on January 1, 1863, until more than two years after it was issued!

    The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

    Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn’t until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official state holiday. But it is much more than a holiday. Juneteenth has become a day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture, and achievements. It is a day for all Americans to celebrate African American history and rejoice in their freedom.

    Source: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/tx/es_tx_june_1.html

    • June 19, 2012

      President Obama delivered remarks on the celebration of Juneteenth

      On this day in 1865, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, word finally reached the people of Galveston, Texas that the Civil War was over. All enslaved men, women and children were now free.

      Though it would take decades of struggle and collective effort before African Americans were granted equal treatment and protection under the law, Juneteenth is recognized by Americans everywhere as a symbolic milestone in our journey toward a more perfect union.

      With the recent ground breaking of the first Smithsonian Museum dedicated to African American History and Culture, and the dedication of a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall, this Juneteenth offers another opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as a nation. And it’s also a chance to recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of guaranteeing liberty and equal rights for all Americans.

  3. Statue Dedication of Frederick Douglass
    June 19, 2013 – 11:00 AM ET
    Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Capitol

    • Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818– February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

      Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. He wrote two more autobiographies, with his last, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881 and covering events through and after the Civil War. After the Civil War, Douglass remained active in the United States’ struggle to reach its potential as a “land of the free”. Douglass actively supported women’s suffrage. Without his approval, he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket. Douglass held multiple public offices.

      Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

      For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass

    • Frederick Douglass Statue for the US Capitol – making of

      Published on Jun 26, 2012

      This bronze sculpture commemorates Frederick Douglass, the captivating politician and abolitionist who is portrayed as an orator, in the middle of giving a speech, and as a writer, with his paper in his hand and his pen at his side.

      Steven Weitzman, Master of the multi-disciplinary approach to public art, is an award winning designer of urban spaces, nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor. Spanning a successful career of over forty years, Weitzman’s capabilities include large scale highway and bridge projects, heroic scale figurative bronze, glass, terrazzo, commissioned art works, urban and environmental designs. As both an entrepreneur and innovator, he is one of very few artists who have been able to combine his creative talents with impressive business aptitude and mechanical skills. Central to all of his endeavors, is a gift to incorporate aesthetics into each project he stamps with the Weitzman brand.

      For more information, visit http://www.weitzmanstudios.com

  4. US soccer

    June 20, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Korea Republic Women
    7:30 p.m. ET
    Red Bull Arena
    Harrison, N.J.
    NBC Sports Network

    • June 20, 2013

      U.S. Women vs. Korea Republic Women
      7:30 p.m. ET
      Red Bull Arena
      Harrison, N.J.

      Final Score: US Women 5:0 Korea Republic

      Wambach 11′, Wambach 20′, Wambach 31′, Wambach

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      Abby Wambach Becomse All-Time Leading Scorer with Four Goals in 5-0 Win vs. Korea Republic

      Abby Wambach became the world’s all-time leading scorer by netting four goals during the Women’s National Team’s 5-0 win against Korea Republic.

      June 20, 2013

      * Wambach Scores Four Goals in First Half, Passing Mia Hamm for Record with Third Strike in 29th Minute
      * Wambach Now at 160 Career Goals after Adding Score in Stoppage Time of First Half
      * U.S. Women’s National Team sweeps Two-Game Series Against Korea Republic in front of 18,961

      HARRISON, N.J. (June 20, 2013) – On a magical and historic night for the U.S. Women’s National Team, forward Abby Wambach needed less than a half hour against Korea Republic to become greatest goal scorer in women’s international soccer during a 5-0 rout of Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

      Wambach scored four goals — all in the first half — but it was the third strike in the 29th minute that gave her 159 for career and moved her past former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Mia Hamm to become the all-time leading leader in career international goals. Fittingly, she scored the record-breaking goal on a trademark diving header off a perfect corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, who famously sent her the cross that she headed home in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil.

      Wambach’s teammates engulfed her as the players and the players on the U.S. bench sprinted out onto the field to join them in a joyous celebration.

      “It’s surreal to begin with,” said Wambach. “I’m so thankful and my teammates were trying to get me those goals. I can’t thank them enough. As a competitor you want to be done with the things that put me at the forefront of conversations. This team is too good to be talking about one person.”

      For more:http://www.ussoccer.com/news/womens-national-team/2013/06/130620-wnt-vs-korea-match-report.aspx

      • As of June 20, 2013, Wambach has 160 goals in 207 international matches. With her 160 goals, Wambach is currently the leading world all-time scorer for men and women.Wambach (27 goals) and Alex Morgan (28 goals) combined for 55 goals in 2012 – equaling a 21-year-old record set in 1991 by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) as the most goals scored by any duo in U.S. women’s national team history. Wikipedia source

  5. Jobless Claims

    Released On 6/20/2013 8:30:00 AM For wk6/15, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    New Claims – Level 334 K 336 K 340 K 333 K to 345 K 354 K
    4-week Moving Average – Level 345.25 K 345.75 K 348.25 K
    New Claims – Change -12 K -10 K 18 K

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Initial jobless claims fell 12,000 in the June 8 week to 334,000. Initial claims were down for three of the last four weeks. The 4-week average, at 345,250, was down a very sizable 7,250 in the week, yet it was still trending about 5,000 higher than the month-ago comparison. Continuing claims have been coming down more consistently than initial claims. Continuing claims, however, inched 2,000 higher in the latest available data, which is the June 1 week, but the 4-week average was at a new recovery low, down 13,000 to 2.967 million.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  6. The Frederick Douglass Statue Dedication is great, and DC needs FULL Statehood… Thanks for your post.

    • Yes, it is great to finally have the Frederick Douglass Statue and DC should have representation as our 51st state!

  7. PMI Manufacturing Index Flash

    Released On 6/20/2013 8:58:00 AM For Jun, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Level 51.9 52.7 51.8 to 53.0 52.2

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The Markit PMI manufacturing index (final) for May posted at 52.3 versus a mid-month reading of 51.9 and compared to a final April reading of 52.1. These readings were all very similar and point to modest and steady monthly growth. But Markit’s sample may be picking up steam in the months ahead based on a 5 tenths gain for new orders to 53.3 and a full 1 point gain for backlogs to 51.2. Order growth reflected strength in the domestic market as new export orders were flat at 49.8.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  8. 9:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at Esperanza’s 2013 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
    Andrew W Mellon Auditorium, Washington DC

  9. Obama commits to tough push on global warming

    6/20/13 By DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN | Associated Press – 1 hr 5 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said Wednesday in Berlin.

    Obama’s senior energy and climate adviser, Heather Zichal, said the plan would boost energy efficiency of appliances and buildings, plus expand renewable energy. She also said the Environmental Protection Agency was preparing to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants.

    “The EPA has been working very hard on rules that focus specifically on greenhouse gases from the coal sector,” Zichal said.

    Zichal, speaking at a forum hosted by The New Republic in Washington, said that none of the proposals would require new funding or action from Congress. It has shown no appetite for legislation that would put a price on carbon dioxide after a White House-backed bill to set up a market-based system died in Obama’s first term with Democrats in charge.

    The plan, with details expected to be made public in coming weeks, comes as Obama has been under increasing pressure from environmental groups and lawmakers from states harmed by Superstorm Sandy to cut pollution from existing power plants, the largest source of climate-altering gases.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-commits-tough-push-global-warming-121057139.html

  10. June 19, 2013

    Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Michael Froman as United States Trade Representative

    I am pleased that the Senate took bipartisan action today to confirm Michael Froman as the United States Trade Representative. Mike has been my closest advisor on a broad range of international economic issues and will continue to play a key role on my economic team. He’s trusted and well-respected by our partners around the world, and for the last several years, he’s been a driving force behind our international economic agenda. In his new position, Mike will stay focused on our primary economic goals – promoting growth, creating jobs and strengthening the middle class. And he will continue to help open new markets for American businesses, level the playing field for American workers, farmers and ranchers, and fully enforce our trade rights.

  11. Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Rise More Than Forecast

    Jun 20, 2013 7:25 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climbed more than forecast in May to the highest level since November 2009 and prices jumped, indicating more progress for residential real estate.

    Purchases (ETSLTOTL) of existing houses increased 4.2 percent to an annualized rate of 5.18 million from 4.97 million in April, the National Association of Realtors figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 5 million rate of sales. The median selling price surged from a year ago by the most since October 2005, the group said.

    Rising home values and mortgage rates within a percentage point of all-time lows will help encourage Americans to put their properties on the market and trade up. The increase in wealth from housing is also bolstering confidence and sustaining consumer spending that will keep fueling the economy.

    “The residential real-estate market in the U.S. is on fire,” said Brian Jones, senior U.S. economist in New York at Societe Generale, who projected a 5.17 million annual rate for home sales.

    “Ultimately, I think it’s a sign of confidence in the U.S. economy.”

    Stocks maintained losses after the Federal Reserve said yesterday that it may start paring record monetary stimulus. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 1.3 percent to 1,607.56 at 10:24 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-20/sales-of-previously-owned-u-s-homes-rise-more-than-forecast.html

  12. Factories in Philadelphia Fed Region Expand at Faster Pace

    Jun 20, 2013 7:20 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly grew in June at the fastest pace in two years as factories showed resilience in the face of slowing overseas markets.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s general economic index climbed to 12.5, exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey and the highest since April 2011, from minus 5.2 in May.

    Readings greater than zero signal expansion in the area, which covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

    The data corroborate figures earlier this week showing improved sentiment at factories in the New York Fed region even as global growth cools. In the U.S., a pickup in auto and home sales, combined with the diminishing effects of this year’s across-the-board federal spending cuts, may prompt businesses to boost spending and lift production.

    “Once we get a little more clarity on the global growth picture, it might be easier for manufacturers to start ramping up a little bit,” Gennadiy Goldberg, U.S. strategist at TD Securities Inc. in New York, said before the report. “Over the next couple months you should start seeing a little more stabilization. It should start to improve later in the year.”

    Economists forecast the gauge would improve to minus 2, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Estimates (OUTFGAF) ranged from minus 8 to 5.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-20/manufacturing-in-philadelphia-fed-region-grows-at-faster-pace.html

    • Champions of Change: Open Science

      Published on Jun 24, 2013

      The White House honors 13 leaders and organizations for their work using and promoting open scientific data and publications to grow our economy and improve our world.

  13. June 20, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Nationwide “healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

    54 Kids to Attend “State Dinner” at White House on July 9
    To Celebrate Nutritious, Delicious Lunchtime Dishes

    Washington, DC – First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture today announced the winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” will recognize 54 winners, representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, who will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 9. The group will join The First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.

    “Our Kids’ State Dinner is one of my favorite events of the year, and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity. I’m counting down the days until the winners join me at the White House to celebrate these healthy and delicious meals that kids everywhere will love,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

    For the second consecutive year, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” invited a parent or guardian to work with their child ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and delicious.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/20/first-lady-michelle-obama-and-epicurious-announce-winning-recipes-nation

    • Vice President Joe Biden to Engage Youth at The 84th Annual LULAC National Convention in Las Vegas

      Jun 5 2013 12:00AM Hispanic PR Wire

      WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a keynote speech at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 84th annual National Convention June 20 in Las Vegas. His address will be at the Youth and Young Adults Awards Banquet attended by approximately 1,000 LULAC youth and young adult members from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

      This is the first LULAC convention to be attended by Vice President Biden. Last year, Dr. Jill Biden made a keynote address at the LULAC convention in Orlando, and in 2008 then-Senator Barack Obama spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of thousands at the LULAC convention in Washington, D.C.

      “This has been a pivotal time for Latinos in the U.S.,” said Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. “With the tremendous demographic changes in our population, the only way the United States can advance in the future is if we address the needs of Latino youth. This includes issues ranging from immigration reform to the DREAM Act and student loans.”

      “We are particularly pleased that Vice President Biden will attend and give remarks at our pinnacle event for youth members,” added LULAC National President Margaret Moran.

      For more; http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/6/5/vice_president_joe_biden_to_engage.htm

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