June 7, 2022
The message about freedom is not an artifact of ancient American history. It was like yesterday for Ceretha Sherrill. And it is personal.
Sherrill grew up listening to her father’s stories about her grandfather, an American enslaved by other Americans.
The red on the Juneteenth flag, which Sherrill says represents the blood of the enslaved, is a reminder that the blood has barely dried.
This morning, Sherrill led off an Open Forum discussing the Juneteenth celebration already under way, the flag and some of its symbolic elements, and the organizations giving substance to the national holiday declared last year by President Biden.
The remainder of the Forum focused on participants’ ideas for future forums.