GATHARA: Juneteenth; Not yet Uhuru

Kenyans may celebrate independence, but the fight for freedom from the colonial system continues to this day

In Summary

• We like to think of particular dates as worthy of observation, as marking the end of one historical epoch and the beginning of another.

• However, what is sometimes missed is that, as experienced in the lives of ordinary people, often the dates were more remarkable for continuity than change.

Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the US, marking the day in 1865 when Black people in the southern state of Texas were belatedly told by victorious Union troops that slavery had been abolished ...

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