Juneteenth is an American holiday. On June 19 we celebrate the day when the last slaves in the confederate state of Texas were freed. The slaves were freed on June 19, 1865, which was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan 1, 1863) was passed. Some historians believe that Confederate slaves owners moved from East of the Mississippi river into TX in order to keep their wealth (enslaved people). Juneteenth is also known as Liberation Day or Freedom Day.
Likewise, in addition to June 19 being Juneteeth it is also World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle Cell Disease is a global issue that disproportionately affects the Black community. To raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, in 2008 the United Nations designated June 19 as World Sickle Cell Day.
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WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY
Furthermore, did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 13 African Americans carry the Sickle Cell Trait and 1 in 365 African American births results in a child living with Sickle Cell Disease (“Data & Statistics On Sickle Cell Disease | CDC”). Remember that Sickle Cell Disease is not exclusively a disease that affects Black people. People all over the world are susceptible to this genetic blood disorder.
Learn more ways to celebrate World Sickle Cell Day by visiting this post: 19 Ways to Celebrate World Sickle Cell Day. I also invite you to purchase my book “A Sickle Cell Coloring Book for Kids,” which is an A to Z Guide on growing up with Sickle Cell Disease. Please visit bit.ly/scdcoloringbook to learn more about the coloring book. Next, mark your calendars now because Sickle Cell Awareness month is in September.
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“Data & Statistics On Sickle Cell Disease | CDC”. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/data.html. Accessed 19 June 2020.
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