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Louisiana flooding highlights the need for Africans to be self-determined 

LOUISIANA––Africans were reminded yet again that self-determined responses to natural disasters are necessary after heavy rainfall on August 11, 2016 caused flooding which left the black community at the mercy of our oppressors.

In the 72 hours after the flooding, many Africans living in Louisiana began the task of returning to their homes after an emergency evacuation left them packing plastic bags and leaving their homes and belongings for higher ground.

The rainfall, an estimated four feet of water in some places, flooded the islands before surging rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.

Juneteenth: Not yet uhuru (free) 

Even though, then-U.S. president Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 proclaiming, “That all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free,” captured Africans remained in the forcible custody of white people in Texas until June 19, 1865.

Many Africans in the U.S. are preparing to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday that remembers that day in 1865.

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