On June 19, we celebrated 154 years of freedom in the state of Texas with the African American holiday of Juneteenth. Although the Emancipation Proclamation became effective on Jan. 1, 1863, the entire abolishment of slavery in America was said to have not been truly enforced until June 19, 1865. However, even though chattel slavery has been abolished, black people have yet to experience true socio-economic equality in the United States. And with the recent focus on reparations in today’s political discourse, I wanted to talk to Robert Sausedo, president and CEO of Community Build, about his thoughts on the evolution of our economic freedom since our “Emancipation Day.” Established in 1992 in response the Los Angeles Riots, Community Build is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to “revitalize low-income communities in South Los Angeles through human capital investment, community economic development and commercial economic development.” SQ: What does Juneteenth mean to you? RS: Juneteenth is a very important day for us to remember and celebrate. It personifies how even today, the things that are meant for us as a people are often delayed. In the words of former radio talk show host Paul Harvey, “It’s the rest… Read full this story
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