• Amy Kimball Engar

Juneteenth, a step towards civil rights for all

Today, June 19th, is Juneteenth, the oldest know celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates the day Union soldiers marched into Galveston, TX and delivered the news the war was over and the enslaved were free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became official. Read more here

Juneteenth celebrates one step of many our country has taken towards the civil rights movement, which has had a major impact on the rights of people with disabilities. The words, actions, and tactics of the civil rights movement serve as a model for the broader civil rights movement, which includes disability rights. As Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

At TURN we strive to ensure people with disabilities have the same rights and freedoms to choose how they live as everyone else does or should. Our mission is to TURN Dreams into Reality. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” -MLK

Happy Juneteenth!