I love the elevation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday and how it provides both a chronological and metaphorical bookend with Independence Day. America may have been established as a nation conceived in liberty, but it took until June 19th, 1865 for this to be realized.

It’s also a good reminder that there’s always more to do to. Freedom isn’t a destination we arrive at or a proclamation to be made, it’s a continuous journey.

America’s long and uneven march from slavery to freedom