Emerald in the Rough: Juneteenth and Independence for All

by Cindi Azevedo Laws, Columnist

Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, United States soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over and that slaves were now free.  It took a regiment to enforce Lincoln’s Proclamation because local law enforcement, backed by powerful land – and slave – owners, murdered the messenger who first tried to deliver the news.  But on June 19, 1865, freedom finally rang out across the great state, and the chains of 250 years of American history began to break. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: Juneteenth and Independence for All

This Weekend In South Seattle:Meaningful Movies Turns One, Juneteenth for Everyone, Superhero 5K

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, June 19th

Movies: Opening of DopeDetails: Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.Showings: 4:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle:Meaningful Movies Turns One, Juneteenth for Everyone, Superhero 5K

Op-Ed: Rachel Dolezal’s Identity Crisis

Editor’s Note: The Emerald received two Op-Ed submissions about Rachel Dolezal and decided to publish both under one article heading.

by Chad Goller-Sojourner

Had Rachel Dolezal grown up in a black neighborhood, attended black schools and immersed herself in black culture, I could sort of understand her self-identifying as black adjacent. I say “sort of” because her home base would still have been white. While identity development continues throughout one’s lifetime, it is during our childhood and adolescence where the greatest impacts are made. Continue reading Op-Ed: Rachel Dolezal’s Identity Crisis

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