Thursday, June 17, 2010

Things To Do Thursday: Detroit Celebrates 145th Annual Juneteenth


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the United States. The national observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day began in Galveston, Texas in 1865. 

Today, Juneteenth symbolizes overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the pursuit of knowledge and the determination to achieve greatness. It is also a time to celebrate our histories, assess and improve ourselves and plan our futures. Having evolved into a cross-cultural celebration, Juneteenth challenges each of us to "Celebrate Freedom, Celebrate Life."

According to Tom Feelings, the author of The Middle Passage:
Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities - as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend.

This year celebrations will take place all over the city. Detroit has the potential to be a mecca for black activism and revolutionary movements.

Virgil H Carr Cultural Arts Center of Michigan located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Juneteenth Alive will be a mix of information, entertainment and education. Juneteenth is recognized by many African Americans as the official commemoration of the abolition of slavery. Famed Freedom Rights advocate and native Detroiter Chokwe Lumumba will give his first address to Detroit since being elected to Jackson MS City Council. Khary WAE Frazier will lead the cultural hip-hop band General Population as they record a LIVE ALBUM.  Call 313.598.0408 for more info or visit www.generalpopulation.org

Hermione's African American Community Center - 13515 Plymouth Rd. Saturday, June 19th. Prayer Breakfast-9a.m.($7.00) Guest Speaker, The Honorable Kwame Kenyatta, City Council Member. Miss Juneteenth Contest. African Dance and other features. Food, Games, Vendors all day. Fun for all ages. Grown Folks Party - 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Call (313) 587-1206 for more information

Display your support with a yard sign. CLICK HERE for more information. 



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