Today is Wednesday June 16th - 3 days from Juneteenth and 13 days after Odunde. I was probably like 3 years old when I learned what the 4th of July was, 17 years old when I learned what happened on June 19th- the eerily symbolic delayed celebration of emancipation for enslaved Africans in Texas- and 20 years old when I learned what June 3rd represented- Odunde, the Yoruba new year.
Google Trends provides some evidence that there are plenty of other people on similar journeys, as interest- in Juneteenth at least- reached it relative peak in the Summer of 2020.
I don't know what to make of the relative popularity of the search term as a function of different regions within the U.S.
But a random correlation when you look at the metro level 🤷🏿♀️
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Anyways - there are an upsetting number of days whose significance I came to learn of much later than I would have hoped. From the Yoruba New Year on June 3rd, to Walter Rodney's birthday on March 23rd.
It seems that every year I learn about something new, an event in history with significance to Black people somewhere in the world. In an effort to accelerate the accumulation & dissemination of this important information I'm sharing a calendar1 I started as I was writing this piece. Hoping to add more significant days via crowdsourcing as people more educated2 & in touch than me get involved and contribute.
If any of these days mean something to you - feel free to subscribe to the Google Calendar- this will keep you in the know on each of these special days.
- Have to also pay homage to all the different Black significance calendars that already exist - my favorite of which is Black 365
- More educated as defined by Professor Sophie; knowledge of self ✊🏿
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