The island celebrated Juneteenth 2021 with music, pomp and history — and sentiment that the holiday’s national recognition was long overdue.

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Edward Cotham

Sam Collins and the rest of the team at Juneteenth Legacy Project deserve high praise for the way events today played out. I heard many positive comments and this is exactly the sort of important historic tourism that Galveston needs to encourage. I have always said that you could throw a dart at Galveston history and find something truly interesting going on, but there is nothing more interesting and important than Juneteenth. Happy First Juneteenth Holiday to everyone!

Jose' Boix

The most salient statement was made by Mr. Casey Gerald: “More fundamentally what we care about as Black people is that we have material progress on rights and justice and equality and not just symbolic gestures.”

So how is the “material progress on rights and justice and equality” will be assessed and measured? What are the basic 3 action items that would define “material progress” say by the end of 2021? This to me is the challenge; action, results, not just “symbolic gestures.” Just my thoughts.

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