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Texas cities mark Juneteenth with parades, family events

Texas cities mark Juneteenth with parades, family events

What exactly is Juneteenth and why do we celebrate it?

For those who, like me, need a primer on Juneteenth, the celebration began as a commemoration of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Texas and freed the slaves there.

Gaddy said he feels events like the Juneteenth Education Camp are important for today's youth so they can remember their heritage and where they came from. So, they can see some positive activities happening in our community. "My son is here, my cousins and my friends and it is important for me to show them the new look", Lane said.

The date is now celebrated across the south, and there are calls every year to have Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday. Communities and organizations throughout the country organize events to celebrate June 19, 1865.

The 2017 winners, Little Miss Juneteenth Eriana Morton and Miss Juneteenth Bria Smith will also be in the Juneteenth Day parade from 19th & Atkinson to Martin Luther King Drive beginning at 9 a.m.

Making Extraordinary Men, a new mentorship program for middle and high school students in St. Joseph started two months ago, and had a booth at Juneteenth to recruit more mentors and mentees.

The event marks the announcement of the end of the Civil War and enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the USA on June 19, 1865.

"Today symbolizes a lot, not just for the African American community, but for people of color as a whole".

"Due to everything that's happening right now, we could really come together for the better, for our future".

18-year old Christian Thomas said he is proud to be part of a group keeping the African American experience alive. This is me in my official Grand Marshal role for the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade!

The teen said if slavery still existed in America, there would be chaos. In something that gives a focus to all the other things he knows to be real.

Adams said La Crosse has a rich African American history.

The event was put on by the NAACP of Sioux City.


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