Freedom Season – Remembering Fawohodie

June 7, 2010

Adinkra symbol for Freedom

Fawohodie Adinkra symbol

With the arrival of June and the beautiful warm weather my mind turns to thoughts of FREEDOM.  The Adinkra symbol Fawohodie represents independence, emancipation and FREEDOM.  Here in the US we  of course have our national celebration of FREEDOM on July 4th — but for me, the count down to Juneteenth (June 19th) initiates thoughts  of what FREEDOM means in this country! As African-Americans I think we are caught between a deep sense of patriotism for our country and the terrible truth of our ancestors shackled existence.  Many of our Brothers and Sisters have stood and fought for our country’s FREEDOM throughout the  history of this great nation! On the other hand we know that FREEDOM has not always been ours as a people in this country….we know the sacrifice that our ancestors gave to lay the foundation for this great nation!

Adding a Juneteenth celebration to the mix has given me the balance I sought for many years!  It has offered me the opportunity to recognize the struggle of my ancestors.  To acknowledge what  a GREAT DAY it must have been for them to hear that word– FREEDOM! Imagine the Mothers and Fathers that learned their children would grow up as FREEmen and women!   Although June 19th is not the date all former slaves were freed, it is when the last group was  officially given this amazing news…..it was a day of completion!  AMEN!

Adinkra symbol for Freedom

Fawohodie Adinkra Symbol

I now find it easier to celebrate  on the  Fourth of July  because I have acknowledge the historical imbalance that once existed.  I think if we are able to incorporate Juneteenth nationally many other African-Americans will feel this balance too!  We can all rejoice in our blessings during  a celebration of  “FREEDOM SEASON

Here is a link to information regarding the history of the Juneteenth celebration! http://bit.ly/9guIIj

I wish you all a very happy and safe summer filled with  wonderful celebrations of FAWOHODIE!!y

   

Celebrate Juneteenth  June 19th 2011

Juneteenth t-shirt by Kiarablu

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