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Celebrating Juneteenth: A Day of Reflection and Joy!

Juneteenth is a profound day of celebration and reflection. It marks June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of slavery — yep, a whole two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This delay highlights the long struggle for justice that African Americans have, and unfortunately, still face.

For members of the NEED AN ANGEL SONS AND DAUGHTERS ASSOCIATION (NAASDA), Juneteenth is deeply personal. NAASDA is dedicated to supporting and uplifting underserved youth, ensuring they have the opportunities and support needed to thrive. On Juneteenth, we honor our ancestors who endured hardships and built thriving communities, reflecting on their resilience and drawing inspiration for our mission.

While we celebrate Juneteenth with soulful music, barbecues, parades, and educational events, we also reflect on ongoing challenges like systemic racism and social injustices, committing to continue the fight for equality. NAASDA's work embodies this commitment, striving to create a future where all youth can achieve their dreams without facing the barriers of discrimination.

Juneteenth is a testament to our collective strength and resilience, reminding us of our enduring quest for freedom. It fills us with pride and gratitude, celebrating our progress, acknowledging challenges, and uniting in our fight for justice. Today, we honor our past, embrace our present, and look forward to a future of true liberty and equality for all, with NAASDA leading the way in empowering the next generation.

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