2022 DR’s Juneteenth Message
Greetings to the Brothers of the Third District,
Happy Juneteenth Day. It is genuinely humbling as we celebrate the second year of Juneteenth Day (June 19th) being declared a federal holiday. As we know, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and emphasizes the education and achievements of African Americans. Juneteenth is associated with many names, including Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day. The name derives from combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”
Brothers, as we celebrate this phenomenal and historic day, let us be sure to take a moment to educate ourselves, friends, and family, promote, and reflect on the historical significance of this day. There have been many challenges our African American ancestors had to endure and persevere through to establish the foundation we currently stand on and continue to build upon for the future. In addition to the many achievements and contributions that have been accomplished in our family, community, and the world.
Let us never forget. It was the day June 19, 1865, one hundred and fifty-seven years ago, when the word finally reached the enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas by Union Major-General Gordon Granger, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln. These events were pivotal moments that changed the future for all African Americans and our nation’s history.
As Omega men, we should continue to embrace, respect, appreciate, and honor our rich history as it continues to be the tie that binds and unites all African Americans. Brothers, lead by example, being the men God has called you to be. Additionally, continue to be the Bridge Builders, establishing a solid path for those who will come after you.
Friendship Is Essential to the Soul,
Brother Conrado B. Morgan
Colonel (R), U.S. Army
District Representative Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.