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Hey June! Celebrate Freedom, celebrate JUNETEENTH.

Updated: Jun 8

Hey Siiissss, it's Miracle, with our first edition of Miracle Moments,  your weekly dose of Empowerment, Transformation, and Shine.


Can you believe it's already June? Time sure flies! Was it not yesterday we began January 2024? Now here we are, basking in the summer sunshine, and ready to embrace one of the most significant celebrations of freedom in African American history—JUNETEENTH.


Can you guess what our blog theme for the month is? Your guess is right, it's JUNETEENTH! This June, we’re diving deep into the rich tapestry of our history, culture, and the ongoing journey towards freedom. In today's Miracle Moments, I am introducing our theme for the month, and sharing how it ties to MHA'S mission.


You might be wondering, "What's Juneteenth all about?" Well, grab a comfy seat and let's chat!


WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally informed of their freedom – a whole two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln.  Juneteenth is not just the end of slavery in the United States but also the beginning of a journey towards true freedom and equality.

Emancipation proclamation by President Lincoln
Emancipation proclamation












Let's hold on to this powerful quote by Maya Angelou:


"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."


This quote right here, is pure gold! I am not even capping.


It’s like a little nugget of wisdom that reminds us that no matter what life throws our way, we have the power to rise above it. I mean, have you seen how much the African Americans have risen above the dust?  Our ancestors faced unimaginable hardships, yet they persevered, thrived, and paved the way for us. Can you beat that?


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JUNETEENTH.


Juneteenth is more than just a historical milestone; it's a day of reflection, celebration, and education. It’s a reminder of the struggles faced, the victories won, and the ongoing quest for justice and equality. Yea, though we're free, there are still a lot more quests to win.


People on Juneteenth celebration parade.
Juneteenth Parade












It's a testament to the resilience and strength of our ancestors who fought for their freedom and a celebration of African American culture and heritage.


CONNECTING JUNETEENTH TO OUR MISSION.


Let's think about this together. How does Juneteenth tie into our mission at MHA? My mission is all about guiding women on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal development. Just as Juneteenth represents a profound moment of liberation and new beginnings, my journey with you is about breaking free from past constraints, healing from old wounds, and stepping into your true potential.


Have you ever felt held back by past experiences or doubts? We all have! Okayyy, scratch that- I have!


Just like myself as a coach, Juneteenth inspires us to embrace our freedom and pursue our passions with confidence and courage. It’s a beautiful reminder that no matter where you start, you can create meaningful change in your personal and professional life.


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Here are some meaningful ways to embrace this month’s theme


  • ‌ Educate Yourself: Read books, watch documentaries, and learn more about Juneteenth and African American history.

I'd recommend these books for you all,  "On Juneteenth" by Annette Gordon-Reed, and "Juneteenth: A Novel" by Ralph Ellison.


Documentaries: "Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom" by PBS, and "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" by Henry Louis Gates Jr.


  • ‌Support Black-Owned Businesses: Make an effort to buy from black-owned businesses such as www.miraclerenata.com.


  • ‌Participate in Local Events: Attend Juneteenth events in your community.


Before I drop my pen in the basket of love, let me share a little story with you all, from my first time experiencing Juneteenth celebrations in my hometown in Louisiana. I experienced my first Juneteenth celebration, and it was a truly empowering experience. As an African American, I, like many others, didn't learn about Juneteenth until my mid-twenties. The lack of awareness came from the absence of discussions about this holiday in my family and the absence of its inclusion in my school curriculum. Instead, the focus was on the "white man's" holiday, the 4th of July.


It wasn't until my college years that I discovered what Juneteenth is and the true significance of the day when MY people, black people, were finally free from the chains of slavery. The realization of this historical truth was overwhelming, yet incredibly empowering. It was the beginning of my journey to understand and embrace the rich culture and heritage of my community.


Growing up, Juneteenth wasn't celebrated in my community because, sadly, it wasn't officially recognized. However, as I learned about the history and significance of Juneteenth, especially when it became a federal holiday, I felt a deep sense of connection and pride in acknowledging and celebrating the RESILIENCE and FREEDOM of my ancestors.


As an adult, I made a choice to celebrate Juneteenth with the same excitement that I had when I used to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether it's a backyard BBQ, a vacation, or any other festive activity, I embrace the opportunity to honor this day that symbolizes the true liberation of African Americans. Most importantly, I no longer celebrate the 4th of July, recognizing that it doesn't represent the day when we, as African Americans, truly gained our freedom.


In celebrating Juneteenth, I celebrate the enduring spirit of my community and the ongoing journey toward equality and justice for all. It's a time to reflect, honor the past, and embrace the hopeful promise of the future.


What are your thoughts on Juneteenth? How does its significance resonate with you on your journey? I’d love to hear your stories and reflections.

 

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Coach Miracle Renata 🤍 🌹.



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