25 Juneteenth Quotes About Emancipation From Slavery 2020

Looking for the best quotes about juneteenth?  Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States (celebrated on June 19) that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865 or the emancipation of African American citizens in the United States.

To remember this historic day in US history, we’ve compiled a list of 25 Quotes About Juneteenth _ the ugly history of slavery and this holiday makes sense. Have fun!

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  1. “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”- Coretta Scott King
  2. “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglass
  3. “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
  4. “Slavery is theft — theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.” – Kevin Bales
  5. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.
  6. “Where annual elections end where slavery begins.” – John Quincy Adams.
  7. “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
  8. “Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.” – Harriet Tubman  
  9. “Negro slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude.” – John Adams
  10. “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” – Texas Rep. Al Edwards. 
  11. “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” – Frederick Douglass, Quotes About Juneteenth
  12. “The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes.” – Alan Keyes
  13. “I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.” – William Wells Brown, prominent African-American abolitionist
  14. “Slavery is theft – theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.” – Kevin Bales
  15.  “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”- Coretta Scott King
  16. “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Happy Juneteenth Quotes
  17. “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
  18. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.
  19. “My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose… Africa… but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race… in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.” – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer and activist.
  20. “…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former slave. 
  21. “We’re in denial of the African holocaust. Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don’t want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to.” – Ilyasah Shabazz. 
  22. “Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.” – Malcolm X, Quotes For Juneteenth
  23. “If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.” – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Closing Words

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