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Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. observes Juneteenth

June 13, 2023

Chuhak & Tecson is proud to recognize Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 and is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, but was finally enforced in Texas, the last outlier, almost two and a half years after its enactment. Today, 47 out of the 50 states recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday or special day of observance. To learn more about Juneteenth, please visit https://www.juneteenth.com/.

Here are a few quotes about thesignificance of Juneteenth:

  • “Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance n Recognizesof the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do."  — Barack Obama
  • “But what a feeling can come over a man just from seeing the things he believes in and hopes for symbolized in the concrete form of a man. In something that gives a focus to all the other things he knows to be real. Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand.” ― Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth
  • “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."   — Coretta Scott King
  • “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” — Toni Morrison

Celebrations focus on African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

You will find a wide range of activities, including rodeos, street fairs, barbeques, family reunions, historical reenactments, church services, symposiums and Miss Juneteenth contests.  Here is some events going on in Chicago:

To find other happenings in the Chicagoland area, please visit Juneteenth in Chicagoland.