Juneteenth: An Ode to the Ancestors
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MIAMI - Floridant -- Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were finally free. Juneteenth came two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln's order was not effective in Texas because few troops enforced the Executive Order. Fortunately, when General Lee surrendered in April 1865 and when General Granger's regiment arrived, the forces were finally strong enough to overcome the resistance leading to slavery's end.

To honor this day, the Belafonte TACOLCY Center has put together a three-day commemoration as an "Ode to the Ancestors" in Liberty City. This first-time ever event will include a basketball tournament, a musical festival, and a marketplace dedicated to the backbone of the community.  Community members from near and far are invited to participate in what will surely be monumental events paying tribute to the ancestors who fought long and hard to be forever free.

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Shownda Pagan, CEO, reports "Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of people of color in the United States. We hope that this annual event will become as big as the Fourth of July!"

Friday, June 17 is an all-day basketball tournament where male and female hoopers will compete against each other for a full-size trophy. The finals will be held Saturday morning. Saturday, June 18 is the first annual Soul in the City Festival jam-packed with local entertainment that will get you off your feet and in the spirit of freedom. Sunday, June 19 this year is both Juneteenth and Father's Day. To honor both, Sunday is an acknowledgement and celebration of the backbone of the community:  the men! It will be a marketplace with popup shops and food trucks to ensure a daylong of fun and relaxation.

Join us on all three days to celebrate the resilience of people of color. All proceeds will benefit programs and services provided to the people of Liberty City.


ABOUT Belafonte TACOLCY Center https://www.tacolcy.org/

Shownda Pagan

For more information, interviews, and photo opportunities, please contact Ms. Pagan at  spagan@tacolcy.org or (305) 751-1295 Ext. 111

Shownda Pagan

Source: Belafonte TACOLCY Center
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