Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

North City church celebrates Father's Day and Juneteenth

Noah Prophet performs with the Greater Houston All Star Band Noah Prophet performs with the Greater Houston All Star Band. Credit Jorge Sanhueza Lyon KUT
Howard Terry | 20 June, 2017, 00:29

Celebrations in other cities vary, but are usually marked with music, food, and fellowship.

Wright paid for the crowns, and for much of the second annual Juneteenth celebration.

June 19, which is shortened to Juneteenth, is the official celebration of when Texas slaves were notified they were freed.

Meanwhile, the Fort Worth woman who walked to Washington D.C.in an effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday will be talking about her journey Monday night.

Today, as we mourn the lack of justice for Philando Castile or read mournfully about the slaying of a black mother at the hands of yet another police force, the historical meaning of Juneteenth takes on an entirely new shade.

Saturday's Juneteenth festivity at Ypao Beach wasn't the first time such a celebration had been held on Guam, Johnson said, but it was the first time it's been held on the "different age of social media". But the slaves of Galveston, Texas, had to wait more than two years after Lincoln's decree and two months after Appomattox to receive word that they were free at last.

It's a day in history that many believe should never be forgotten. Some people think that when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed that everyone was free, which was not what happened.

Mayor Sylvester Turner led rededication ceremonies at the Emancipation Park property, bought more than 140 years ago by ex-slaves who pooled their money to raise hundreds of dollars. "I challenge you, all brothers, all fathers, all men that are in the community to come out and bond with your son or bond with another son in your community so we can all be together as one".

The day has been celebrated ever since. "We're talking about our past, our present, our future and we're trying to keep people focused on freedom", Juneteenth Parade Chairman Oscar Vicks said.

"To be free is not just to not be incarcerated", said Cecil Adams with the African American Mutual Assistance Network.

The event also stressed the importance of Juneteenth.

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