There is an interesting blog, called “The Conscious Community” (TCC) that has a couple of posts today about the history of Memorial Day and its origins with the African-American community. Here is how they describe themselves:
The Conscious Community (TCC) is an informational newsletter focusing on information that has a connection to people of African descent. The Conscious Community e-letter is an activity of The Imani Foundation. The Imani Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which promotes the Uplift of People of Afrikan descent.
Donald Shaffer, on his blog “Civil War Emancipation,” also has some reflections on the origins of Memorial Day.