Today is the Sesquicentennial Juneteenth, commemorating the formal abolition of slavery in Texas on this day in 1865, and eventually being recognized as Emancipation Day nationally. Here’s Aretha Franklin performing “Lift Every Voice & Sing” at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.