On this day, in 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived to Galveston, Texas with a band of Union soldiers to deliver a message — all enslaved Americans of African descent were declared free by proclamation and executive order of the President of the United States. This day is commemorated and memorialized as Juneteenth, the day that the last of the American slaves learned that they were free.   

Today, we honor and celebrate the message of freedom fought for by many abolitionists, soldiers, and freedom fighters, and remember the call for total and complete freedom of the American people, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This Juneteenth, to honor Dr. King’s vision and to commemorate the meaning of the day, I will make a special presentation at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Jamal Bryant, to explain the link between financial literacy and true freedom for Black America as I introduce HOPE’s 1 Million Black Businesses (1MBB) initiative. New Birth and the Embassy International Chamber of Commerce (EICC) have committed to standing up 1,500 Black-owned businesses over the next decade as official members of the initiative. 
Watch the presentation and the special Juneteenth worship celebration here live at 9:30 ET.

This Juneteenth, celebrate financial freedom and commit yourself to living out its ideals.

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