Thursday, June 06, 2024

Juneteenth needs vols!!

Volunteers are still needed for La Crosse's (June 22) Juneteenth.  If interested volunteers can SIGN UP HERE

Help the community remember and celebrate Juneteenth at Riverside Park from noon to 7 p.m. 

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States

On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all.

In 2021, Juneteenth was established as a federal holiday, opening it to symbolic and global interpretation and providing a better understanding of the evolution of our nation and its people. Juneteenth celebrations then, like now, recognize the ongoing fight for human rights and equality and are commemorated through family cookouts, faith services, musical performances and storytelling. Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American resilience and achievement while aiding in the preservation of those historical narratives that promoted racial and personal advancement since Freedom Day. 

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