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Happy Juneteenth from Keedie’s Corner

June 19th 1865 was the day when the last slaves were freed. But did you know that Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd 1862, declaring “on the first day of January .. all persons held as slaves within any state, or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thence forward, and forever free.” It took nearly 2.5 years for this message to reach every slave. Many tried to keep it a secret .. because who wanted to loose their slaves?! A lot of black people didn’t even make it out of the plantations… they shot them while running .. while swimming … lynched them. Beaten them.

Just because they were free – white people still treated black people worse than animals.

When black people tried to celebrate the first anniversary of the announcement a year later, they were faced with a problem: Segregation laws were expanding rapidly and there were no public places or parks they were permitted to use. So, in the 1870s, former enslaved people pooled together $800 and purchased 10 acres of land, which they deemed “Emancipation Park.” It was the only public park and swimming pool in the Houston area that was open to African Americans until the 1950s.

Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday. Juneteenth is still no federal holiday – which NEEDS to change ASAP.

Let this be a day of love, reminiscing, rejoicing and regrouping. We must come together to move forward!

Juneteenth history reposted from @sarahs.murphy (IG) by Keidra Ponder

Melanin & Chlorophyll – Similarities and More!

All our lives we’ve been taught that too much sun is bad for us. We’ve been taught about how cancerous it can be. How hot it is. The list goes on. Yet, we are hardly taught the benefits of the sun.

As of recent, I started sun gazing. It is a practice that has been dated back since ancient times. It’s a practice where you stare at the sun during sun set or sunrise. Most people might say “Wait, isn’t that harmful?”. Well, contrary to common belief, if done correctly it actually has great health benefits.

If you think about how plants use the sun then you can further understand how we can also. As children, we were taught about photosynthesis and how plants turn sunlight into food. Green substance in producers that traps light energy from the sun, which is then used to combine carbon dioxide and water into sugars in the process of photosynthesis Chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis, which helps plants get energy from light.

This same process is essentially the same in how melanin works for us. If you never noticed, which I’m sure you have, only fair toned people get sunburned. That’s because they don’t have enough melanin to protect them from harmful UV rays.

Although these processes are very similar chlorophyll can withstand a higher dosage of UV rays. Plants sit under the sun light all day with minor to no harm. That wouldn’t be the same case for humans.

Why we should have plenty of chlorophyll (green plants) in our diets.

Studies have proven that chlorophyll, in its various forms, has been proven to fight carcinogens in the body and reduce cancer risk. It also helps detoxify the liver and can expedite the healing of wounds. On top of all that, some have attributed improved digestion and weight management to a chlorophyll routine.

(site Megan Madden , Verily Mag)

Follow my Youtube channel in the link below for more natural healing remedies and tips.

“Melanin & Chlorophyll” Video Link

Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

Poem “White Boy Privilege” 

My friend sent me a link that made me shed a tear. I was so moved by 8th grader Royce Mann’s delivery of “White Boy Privilege”. Even a child could see the injustice in our System, why can’t everyone else?  Mann’s powerful words won him first place in the competition and I could see why, but could we see change on the rise?? We have to be the change we want to see, we have to take responsibility for our actions and shortcomings, then we have to put a plan in action and follow through on our words. Mann is a leader of the new school and the revolution will be televised. Click the link below to watch the video.

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Poem “White Boy Privilege”

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 30 years later

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I had the pleasure of going to a historical sight and paying homage to the honorable Dr. King in his home town of Atlanta, GA. Downtown Atlanta houses the King’s historic district. I had a tour of his home, his neighborhood and the church he grew up in.
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Watch “The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Live Stream” on YouTube

I wondered why his day of observance wasn’t on his actual birthday. I didn’t know it took so long for his day to be made into a national holiday. In my quest to be more enlightened I have include some information for my readers as well, enjoy the information and enjoy this holiday. Take some time out do something productive and positive. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/16/martin-luther-king-junior-holiday-federal-monday-january-stevie-wonder/78844042/

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mlkjrd

http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday

 

Marcus Garvey

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Marcus Garvey was a Social Activist working toward social equality. He founded the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) which promoted African Americans resettling in Africa and starting their own nation. He led the largest mass movement in American history of African Descent. He was the 1st African American to organize masses of people in a political movement.

Click here to read the biography of Marcus Garvey

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Watch The Story of Marcus Garvey

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Click here to read more on Marcus Garvey

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