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Juneteenth

Juneteenth Emancipation Day. American holiday celebration of freedom, June 19. African-American history and heritage. Vector illustration
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Juneteenth Emancipation Day. American holiday celebration of freedom, June 19. African-American history and heritage. Vector illustration

Frederick Douglass once famously asked, "What to a slave is the 4th of July?"

Once Juneteenth became a national holiday in 2021, the conversation around the meaning of freedom for all Americans became something that should matter to each of us.

Memphis is a majority Black city. Most everyone who is African-American can trace his or her heritage just a few generations back to someone who was enslaved until the proclamation in Galveston, Texas in 1865 ended their enslavement.

It is a reality that as a caucasian I struggle to fully understand, but celebrating freedom is something we should all joyfully embrace. Juneteenth reminds us of our past faults, helps to heal our current divisions, and moves us toward a united community. It is a dynamic holiday that calls us to spend the time thinking about what really matters to us as a nation, a city, and a community. Freedom is never free.

And today on Juneteenth, we celebrate its value to all of us. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

 

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.