Hello, Juneteenth!

Your introduction to the masses is bittersweet.

Yet, I welcome the national recognition and

illumination of a glorious day in black history.  

You’re familiar to some and unfamiliar to others.

Our country will now spotlight your importance by

acknowledging you’re worthy of being remembered.

The nation seems to be moving toward

necessary change for the equitable treatment of all

citizens. The tragic past can serve as a lesson for the future.

I can imagine our enslaved ancestors’ expectations of living

a life of impartiality after the War Between the States

was over.  

You’re official, and I can cautiously say that hope is

on my horizon. You are no longer a footnote on the

pages of history.  

Legislation marking a day of freedom for the last of this

nation’s enslaved people is fine and good. The work of that freedom

proposed so long ago remains in progress.

The dream of my people’s promised equality will remain

unrealized in my lifetime. My grandchildren may live to

experience the fruits of their ancestors’ labors.

Today, I embrace the small victories won by past heroes

in the fight for black people’s equality. The smell of

healing is in the air. We must not linger in our efforts.

But the struggle for true equality and all it entails is real.

Recognition of a past marred with inhumanity is a

great move forward. We make you official, Juneteenth.

Our nation honors its independence on July 4th.

Juneteenth, I believe the ancestors see you and give the nod.  

I celebrate you and continue to hope.

©2021 R.H.W. Dorsey

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Second Act Writings Series

Volumes 1, 2 & 3 poetry collection by R.H.W. Dorsey

Three volumes of eclectic poetry by author R.H.W. Dorsey. Available at various online retailers and on Amazon books.

Second Act Writings Vol. 2

My 2nd Poetry Collection published by Second Acts Press founded in 2019. eBook available here.

Paperback format available here.

Second Act Writings Vol. 1

Eclectic Poetry & Prose available on ebook here.

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