“If you ask me, Gladys House is one of the strongest, and most courageous women I know. Oftentimes people like Gladys House, and the hard work they do to support and fight for my people is overlooked and over shadowed by others. However, I am humbled and honored to accept “THE 2021 COMMUNITY GRASSROOT ADVOCACY AWARD” that’s been presented to me. And I promise to do my very best to expose dirty politicians, promote good public servants, and fight for tighter voter protection laws.”
Proud Americans Celebrating Freedom Together, Sponsored by Aubrey R. Taylor and Mayor Kevin Cole of Pearland, Texas
AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS
I was very pleased when I heard that Juneteenth, had finally become a national holiday in these United States of America. I applaud President Joe Biden for signing into law the bill that now officially recognizes Juneteenth – which commemorates the ending of slavery in America, as a federal holiday. But the thing that disappoints me about all of jubilation that’s floating around today, is the fact that information (all these years later) is still being suppressed, blocked, and censored, in these United States of American. Listen, we must allow information to flow freely -- news isn’t being allowed to flow freely to my people. Listen up!!! It was President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, whose Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, officially outlawed slavery in Texas and many other states that had rebelled and taken up arms against the Union almost two years earlier to set the stage for Juneteenth to happen even in the first place – but you don’t hear anyone sharing this important piece of American history. But that’s a story for another day. As for right now, on this day of celebration, I would like to humbly than Mayor Kevin Cole of Pearland, Texas for seeing the value in supporting my effort to republish some of the thoughts on freedom I’ve received from powerful elected officials, community leaders, successful business people, over the years. As for Mayor Kevin Cole, “What does freedom mean to him?” Well, I’ll let him tell you for himself.”
Judge Sandra J. Peake Discusses What Freedom Means to Her
JUDGE SANDRA J. PEAKE: “What does freedom mean to me? Freedom today looks much different to me than it used to. Freedom is a feeling of optimism, of the confidence that adversity can be overcome, that the people around you are able to define the dream of freedom for themselves individually, and, to be able to visualize, actualizing those dreams for themselves and their families. Freedom is reflected in a feeling of hope and empowerment in organizations that I am proud to be a member of as the organizations strive to serve the communities in which we live, raise our families, worship and work in. It also means that I can experience freedom in seeing progress. Improvements in our justice system, housing, educational achievements demonstrated by graduations at various levels, scholarship opportunities, employment opportunities, and a more equal playing field while competing for even greater opportunities. All of these things point to significant progress and greater freedoms for more people and improving the quality of life for all. Visible and steady progress towards these goals means freedom to me.”
Judge Michelle Moore Discusses What Freedom Means to her
JUDGE MICHELLE MOORE: “Freedom to me means being your true authentic self. It means to live life on your terms without restrictions or being confined to what others think you should be. Freedom to me means being able to pursue your dreams and make your own life choices without the fear of condemnation.”
ANGELIQUE BARTHOLOMEW: “As an African American Female being asked what freedom means to me is a challenging question to address. Freedom symbolizes a multitude of things. As a woman, Freedom is the right to choose and control my own destiny, make choices and participate in society on any level without any ceiling. As an African American it means to be able to perform at my greatest potential and not worry that I will be judged or overlooked for my skin color and hair texture before having the chance to prove that I am great!
Freedom is not personalizing the many misconceptions that strangers or family members may have of who they envision me to be and being sure of who I AM. Being Free is in so many ways to, just be authentically you.
Freedom is continually breaking chains that have locked away my confidence; breaking my own invisible mental and emotional limitations. Freedom is learning but even more important, unlearning the ways of the world. Being on the receiving end of growth and change. Even Rosa Parks road the back of the Bus before making History. Freedom to Me is making my mark in History.”