As many celebrate today, allow me to briefly share the history.
"The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues."
So today, July 4, 2020, here's a few other things that we know. We know that knowledge is power. We know that it is important to acknowledge our history so that we can learn from it. We know that the truth sets you free. We know that all people were not free.
We know that slavery existed.
We know that some of America's Founding Fathers had slaves.
We know that our country is still suffering from hundred of years of inequalities.
We know that it is time for a change and time for social justice/equalities for all.
We know that it must start today with us!
Photo credit: www.blackthen.now
Additional reading: Here's another view. !https://www.wbur.org/artery/2019/07/03/black-american-fourth-of-july