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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION 
 
History                                    
     From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
     Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
 
 
Facts About Juneteenth
 
·         Freed slaves first celebrated Juneteenth on June 19, 1865.
         Texas declared Juneteenth a state holiday on January 1, 1980.
         Thirty-six states recognize or observe Juneteenth as a holiday.
Barbecuing, sipping strawberry soda and enjoying a picnic--these are some of the rituals that mark Juneteenth, an annual celebration of the emancipation of American slaves that takes place on June 19. Juneteenth began as a local celebration in Texas, but since the 1970s, a movement has been under way to make Juneteenth an official national holiday or day of observance.
Juneteenth Today
     Today, many African Americans across the United States celebrate Juneteenth through the traditions of picnicking and barbecuing but also through prayer services, African arts and crafts sales, concerts and parades. As of 2010, 36 states observe Juneteenth in some way, and groups have been formed to urge the federal government to make Juneteenth a national holiday or day of observance.
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EVENTS ACROSS CITIES/COUNTIES

ORANGE COUNTY, FL
ORLANDO

Dist. 6 Juneteenth

Description:

BBQ, Bounce House, City Mobile Stage

Location:

Dr. James R. Smith Center

Document:

Time:

10am - 2pm

Cost:

none

Contact - Name:

Samuel B Ings

Contact - Phone:

407.246.2006

 

06/16/2012

End Date:

06/16/2012

Event Name:

Juneteenth

Description:

A fun mix of gospel and jazz music, spoken word, a literary review, a community bash and more comprises the annual Florida Juneteenth Music Festival.

Location:

Lake Eola Park, Amphitheater, Washington Plaza

Document:

Time:

4:00 PM 10:00 PM

Cost:

none

Contact - Name:

Derrick Gatlin

Contact - Phone:

407.245.7535


LAKE COUNTY
 
CLERMONT
352-241-6123
The 147th annual Juneteenth celebration will be held Saturday, June 16, from 2-4 p.m. at Jenkins Auditorium, 691 W. Montrose Avenue, Clermont, FL

LEESBURG
9th Annual Juneteenth Holiday Celebration Community Picnic:
Date(s): 6/16/2012
Time:
11 am to 5 pm

Description:
Community Picnic in park with free refreshments, entertainment, exhibits, vendors.

Location:
Berry Park
Address:
2121 Johns Avenue
City:
Leesburg
Cost:
Free
Contact Name:
Cassandra
Contact Phone:
352 365-0947
Contact Email: westleesburgcdc@centurylink.net
 
 
After several voyages, Newton quit the slave trade, became a minister, and wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," with its autobiographical line "...that saved a wretch like
 

 

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