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Lily Collins Criticizes The American Education System For Not Including All Historical Facts

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone’ star Lily Collins took her personal Instagram page on June 19 and posted an illustration of a black girl holding a book of which title is “That Wasn’t In My Text Book.”

Trough this post, actress Lily Collins crabbed the education system and pointed out that she didn’t learn about Juneteenth, which is the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, in the school and wrote:

A lot of us didn’t learn about Juneteenth in history class. But it’s an important day for America that’s too often overlooked. I wanted to share some info about it in case you, like many, weren’t taught about this in school. It’s never too late to start educating ourselves.”

Actress, who appeared in Netflix’s drama ‘To the Bone’ provided further information about Juneteenth:

June 19th is the symbolic date commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved people captive in Texas. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to announce the end of the Civil War that the 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were freed. Since then, Juneteenth has not only become a celebration of freedom, but also a reminder that no one is free until everybody is free.” ⠀

At the end of the passage, she encouraged others to educate themselves apart from the education system, which does not provide certain information, and concluded her words by emphasizing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement:

“Today, it’s celebrated as a time for reflection, rejoicing, education, and remembrance. Juneteenth marks a day of major significance for all of us as Americans and should be more widely recognized. I encourage all of you to read up on the meaning behind this historic day. Black history matters, black lives matter. Always and forever…” ⠀

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A lot of us didn’t learn about Juneteenth in history class. But it’s an important day for America that’s too often overlooked. I wanted to share some info about it in case you, like many, weren’t taught about this in school. It’s never too late to start educating ourselves. ⠀ ⠀ June 19th is the symbolic date commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved people captive in Texas. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to announce the end of the Civil War that the 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were freed. Since then, Juneteenth has not only become a celebration of freedom, but also a reminder that no one is free until everybody is free. ⠀ ⠀ Today, it’s celebrated as a time for reflection, rejoicing, education, and remembrance. Juneteenth marks a day of major significance for all of us as Americans, and should be more widely recognized. I encourage all of you to read up on the meaning behind this historic day. Black history matters, black lives matter. Always and forever… ⠀ ⠀ Illustration by @emilymgarces for @toyafromharlem’s @thatwasntinmytextbook…

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