Today at the editor’s glance: Juneteenth, also known as “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” marks the day when, on June 19, 1865, Black slaves in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a day of celebration across the United States and in some parts of the world, though more recently it has also been a day of more somber commemoration in light of the torture and murder of George Floyd and the killing of other unarmed Blacks by civilians or police. Daytona Beach government officially marked Juneteenth with a celebration on the steps of City Hall last Wednesday. Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday. This being Flagler County, where flag-raising ceremonies marking other nations’ national holidays are not uncommon, not a single local government saw it fit to mark Juneteenth. A good day to read “Invisible Man.” The African American Cultural Society says it will “host its annual Juneteenth Program virtually” at 4:30 p.m. today. “This year’s theme is from the Cotton Fields to the Whitehouse. Go to our website for a link to the program, which will also be posted to our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. Enjoy music, dance, song and information on this historic celebration.” On stage: “Whether it’s the three chimpanzees of “Words, Words, Words” discussing the crafting of high literature, the miniature-golf-as-metaphor-for-sex shenanigans of “Foreplay, or The Art of the Fugue,” or the multiple replays of murder in “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,” the “All in the Timing” one-acts are soaked in bizarro scenarios,” writes Rick de Yampert of City Repertory Theatre’s newest production, at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the black box theater of the Flagler Auditorium. “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” continues at the Flagler Playhouse. In medias res: What on earth has happened to Naomi Wolf, once a feminist icon and author of “The Beauty Myth” and now a full-of-shit anti-vaxxer just banned by Twitter? Liza Featherstone wants to know. Euro 2020: All the superpowers are playing today. It’s Hungary against France at 9 a.m., from Budapest, Portugal v. Germany at noon from Munich, and Spain v. Poland at 3 p.m. from Seville. Spain, Portugal and France can assure themselves of moving on with a win. All matches on ESPN and Univision.
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Free For All Fridays With Host David Ayres on WNZF
Blue 22 Forum
First Friday in Flagler Beach
First Saturday Creative Bazaar Arts & Crafts Market
Flagler Beach Farmers Market
Flagler Beach All Stars Beach Clean-Up
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Sunshine and Sandals Social at Cornerstone
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“It was not uncommon in St. Louis to pass by an auction-stand, and behold a woman upon the auction-block, and hear the seller crying out, “How much is offered for this woman? She is a good cook, good washer, a good obedient servant. She has got religion!” Why should this man tell the purchasers that she has religion? I answer, because in Missouri, and as far as I have any knowledge of slavery in the other states, the religious teaching consists in teaching the slave that he must never strike a white man; that God made him for a slave; and that, when whipped,[Pg 83] he must not find fault—for the Bible says, “He that knoweth his master’s will and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes!” And slaveholders find such religion very profitable to them.”
–From “The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave” (1847).
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