Elle Cole, Sickle Cell Awareness Advocate joins us for World Sickle Cell Day

  We all know that June 19th is a special day for its connection to Juneteenth, otherwise known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, but here’s another special reason to honor today: World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.  Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a complex and ever-mutating set of disorders caused by the sickle cell trait, which changes the shape of the body’s red blood cells from a “donut” shape to a “banana or crescent moon,” causing staunching of the blood flow through the body and to vital organs that help us function properly. Millions of people worldwide suffer from the most common inherited blood disorder that negatively affects...

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10+ Things to Watch this Juneteenth

via GIPHY   This weekend, African Ancestry will be among millions of Black people and businesses who are celebrating the national holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the day of emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.  For African-Americans, this was and continues to be a special day where we we’re publicly “allowed” freedom from enslavement and were transitioned from a perception of property to personhood. The truth is, we have always been full, whole, wonderful people. Today, we extend the celebration of the original day, June 19, 1865, which was the day that the last enslaved people in Galveston, TX learned that...

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