By Ian Karbal, austintalks.org
“I didn’t know anything about Juneteenth,” Brown said. “I happened to see something I hadn’t seen in a long time, and it was a red, black and green flag … over in Garfield Park.”
The red, black and green flag is the Pan-African flag, designed by Marcus Garvey in 1920 to represent the freedom and pride of African-descended people everywhere.
The June 19th holiday marks the liberation of the last African-American slaves in the United States in 1865, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas. It has since become an independence day for African Americans around the country.