TheMAAFA is a Kiswahili term for "terrible occurrence" or "great disaster". It refers to the Black Holocaust when millions of Africans died during the journey of captivity from the west coast of Africa to the shores of America, known as the Middle Passage. Our ancestors died in the belly of slave ships or choose death by jumping into the sea rather than live in captivity.
It is a remembrance of the thousands of African Americans lynched and murdered before and after the end of enslavement. This especially includes the Red Summer of 1919
and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
, considered the worst domestic terrorist event in U.S.
However, not all of the founding fathers were slave owners. John Adams
, the second president of the United States, did not own any slaves. The US Capitol
and the White House
were built through the uncompensated labor of the ancestors of Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement. In a letter to President Barack Obama,
Dr. Myers urges him to recognize the Americans of African descent who built the White House
while hosting a Juneteenth
celebration this year. "In response, we have embraced the term 'Maafa', a Kiswahili term meaning 'disaster' or'terrible occurrence', to tell our own story about our enslavement and the sustained attempt to dehumanize us,"
continues Dr. Myers. Beginning in the year 2000, during the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
, June 18 has now been set aside as the date for the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement.
It is also known as the National Day of the Remembrance of the Maafa.
Come Celebrate with us on June 18,2013 @ DAFFIN PARK IN SAVANNAH, GA. THE CELEBRATION STARTS @ 4PM UNTIL 9PM ALL ARE WELCOME!(Artist, dancers, pastors, poets, are needed for this day please contact (912)428-4638)
THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES...
We've come a long way as women & people of color. Yet until we all get involved in our communities, schools, prison reform, government, etc...progress will continue to stall. One person can't do everything, but everybody can do something.
Until U wake up, we will fight for U. #Power2ThePeople
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? Juneteenth or June 19, 1865, is celebrated as the date when enslavement ended in America. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on the "19th of June," almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
BLACK HISTORY MOMENT
Did you know that 143 years ago today, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving Blacks the right to vote? As of Feb 3, 1870 the law prohibited "each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (for example, slavery).
Are we honoring the struggle & sacrifice it took?
Meet Baltimore Mayor & trailblazer Stephanie Rawlings Blake. Did U know that she is the only African American female mayor governing a major city in the US currently? #BlackHistory
Did U know...in 2004, Oprah became the 1st black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans. By 2012, she had given away $400 MIL to educational causes, including 400 scholarships to Morehouse College. She also spent $40 Mil of her own money to create the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Africa.
Did You Know?
Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and South Dakota may not vote while incarcerated. Kentucky and Missouri additionally require an executive pardon before allowing people convicted of certain misdemeanors ("high misdemeanors” in KY and "elections-related misdemeanors” in MO) from ever voting again. In Iowa, only persons convicted of an "aggravated" misdemeanor cannot vote while incarcerated.
In West Virginia only persons convicted of certain elections-related misdemeanors cannot vote while incarcerated - all others may vote by absentee ballot.
In the District of Columbia certain election, lobbying, and campaign finance-related crimes (that may be misdemeanors) are defined as felonies for the purpose of disenfranchisement under section 1-1001.02(7) of its code - all others with a misdemeanor conviction may vote by absentee ballot while incarcerated.
Individuals in the remaining 40 states may vote by absentee ballot while incarcerated for any misdemeanor.
The nation’s largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America, is on a buying spree. With a war chest of $250 million, the corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, this month sent letters to 48 states, offering to buy their prisons outright. To ensure their profitability, the corporation insists that it be guaranteed that the prisons be kept at least 90 percent full. Plus, the corporate jailers demand a 20-year management contract, on top of the profits they expect to extract by spending less money per prisoner.
State Director for Georgia:
Ronald Hazzard Jr. 912-428-4638
MAKE JUNETEENTH A NATIONAL HOLIDAY!
It's very important that we ask our two senators to support S.J.R. 45 legislation in congress to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Holiday Observance like Flag Day" or " Patriot Day". Juneteenth or June 19, 1865 is celebrated as the date when enslavement ended in America. Almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 41 states have adopted Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of Observance. Recently Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson sponsor of the "2012" legislation in the U.S. Senate to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National day of Observance. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) became the 24Th co-sponsor along with Ron Wyden (D-OR)The 25Th co-sponsor, Bernard Sanders (Vermont) became the 26Th . It's time for true racial healing in America. S.J.R. 45 acknowledge the sacrifice African America's made in this country. We must preserve the legacy of our ancestors and educate our kids about their sacrifices. This legislation would allow us as a nation to better educate about cultural differences and racial healing. Call your Senators 1-202-224-3121 Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and ask that they sponsor S.J.R. 45.
Sarah Palin and Dr Ronald V. Meyers Sr.
Founder of the National Juneteenth
"Strong leaders are born out of a necessity. In these times, fear is not an option. We salute our strong brothers that helped lay the foundation. We must press forward. Get involved in your community - educate our youth, mentor young minds, support a cause. Each one reach one. Let's go!"
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Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.
Americans of African descent built both the White House and the U.S. Capitol during the tyranny of enslavement. Our ancestors have made many significant contributions to the building of the infrastructure of America that have yet to be acknowledged.
America's second Independence Day and the building of the
White House by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement should be personally recognized by the President of the United States during the celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day.