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Ten Powerful Quotes About Juneteenth

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The proclamation was declared by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, but the news did not reach Texas until two-and-a-half years later. Since then, generations have celebrated the day as Juneteenth and forty-five states recognize it as a state holiday.

As we remember this historic day in United States history, below are ten powerful quotes by central figures about the ugly history of slavery and this holiday’s meaning.

 

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1. “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglas.

 

2. “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” – Harriet Tubman.

 

3. “We’re in denial of the African holocaust. Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don’t want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to.” – Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.

 

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4. “If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

5. “Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.” – Malcolm X.

 

6. “My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose… Africa… but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race… in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.” – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer and activist.

 

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7. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.

 

8. “Where annual elections end where slavery begins.” – John Quincy Adams.

 

9. “…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former slave.

 

10. “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” – Texas Rep. Al Edwards.

 

 

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Jeffery Deaver’s ‘The Bone Collector’ Headed for TV!

NBC has ordered an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s 1997 novel The Bone Collector.

 

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The novel follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic detective who retired after a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. However, a mysterious killer pops up on his radar, “Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims — if Rhyme can decipher them in time”.

 

The Bone Collector 1999
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Previously, a 1999 film directed by Phillip Noyce was released, however with a reportedly $48 million dollar budget, the film only managed to make $151.5 million. Despite being number one at the box office opening weekend. Despite the financial gain, the film received mixed to negative review. A notable review from Common Sense Media said that the film, “is diverting enough, though it feels like a franchise that never got off the ground”.

 

1999 film staring Denzel Washington

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The film never got a sequel, but a new adaption is in the works. According to Variety, the The Bone Collector will “a a co-production between Sony, Universal Television” and is set for the 2019/2020 season of NBC.

Also it won’t be called The Bone Collector but instead Lincoln, implying that if the first season is a hit then the studios may adapted other books in this fourteen book series.

Writing the series will be VJ Boyd…

 

 VJ Boyd

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…and Mark Bianculli. The duo have written two drama pilots for Sony TV, The Jury and Doomsday and have worked on Sony TV’s S.W.A.T.

 

Mark Bianculli

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Set to star in the show is Russell Hornsby, according to Deadline. Previously he was Lyons in the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominee Fences, Viktor Drago’s promoter Buddy Marcelle in Creed II, and previously worked with NBC when he played Detective Hank Griffin on Grimm.

 

Russell Hornsby

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Along side Hornsby will be Arielle Kebbel as Amelia Grace Sachs, a police detective who initially discovers the first victim’s body and ends up helping Lincoln Rhyme keeps his head on his shoulders. Previously Arielle Kebbel has appeared as Lindsay Anne Lister Forester on Gilmore Girls and Avery Banks / Gabrielle in the TV show The Grinder.

 

Arielle Kebbel

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The Inquisitor write that “[t]he  character is described as ;extremely bright’ and someone who ‘can hold her own in any situation’.”

 

Christopher Moltianti

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We also have Michael Imperioli, best know for his role as Christopher Moltianti on HBO’s The Sopranos, who has flipped sides. He’ll play NYPD detective Rick Sellitto, Lincoln’s partner. With the 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award, he’s a great addition to the cast.

Word is mum on any new information, but we still have time until the show premieres, whenever it premieres. Time will tell if the second adaptation will be a hit!

 

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