6/19/21 – #TheDailySteez

It’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, and the Sixers continue to shorten my life expectancy despite winning. But today is a special day. For one, it is Juneteenth (more about the history of Juneteenth below). But it is also the first Saturday morning after going out to McGillin’s in over a year and a half. And let me tell you – there aren’t many better feelings than waking up slightly hungover with the distinct stench of cheap light beer all over you. Nature is truly healing. 

In all seriousness, it was amazing to go out in Philly with my roommates again. Things felt as normal as they possibly could, and of course we had some craziness happen to us along the way that I have to discuss in this blog.

McGillin’s Ale House: Where True Love Happens

We met a queen at the bar last night. This fine lady gave my pal Kev a literal business card asking him to spit in her mouth.

Now Kev did not oblige with the mouth spitting, but this tweet did solicit a tweet from one of the nicest women in the world, MarySheila, who told us a great story about her parents actually falling in love at McGillin’s in 1959:

Now that is something I can get behind. Finding true love at McGillins is as Philly as it gets. Here is to Kev and Monize hopefully having that same success.

Song of the Day

HiiiPower – Kendrick Lamar

HiiiPower is one of Kendrick’s best songs. The passion exhibited in this song is what made me fall in love with Kendrick’s music; Not only is he able to effortlessly flow over a soulful beat with ease but he is able to orate his feelings in a way that educates the listener. Listen to Kendrick’s message throughout the song; it’s especially relevant for Juneteenth.

Positive Quote of the Day

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

What Makes Today Special?

Today is Juneteenth, which as of two days ago officially became a national holiday. And I think a lot of people (myself included) were poorly educated on what Juneteenth is and how important it is that there is more widespread awareness of its history.

Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. (History.com)

In 1866 freedmen in Texas celebrated “Jubilee Day,” and as Texans moved out to other parts of the country, the celebration of Jubilee Day every June 19th spread with them.

And now, Juneteenth is the eleventh official national holiday. Education on Juneteenth (and Black History in general) needs to happen outside of just the classroom. And hopefully this recognition will continue to progress towards a place where that can happen.

Honoring Juneteenth | Carroll University

Enjoy your Saturday. #SixersIn7

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