JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION PLANNED JUNE 18, 2016
PASADENA, Calif.—A wonderful afternoon of entertainment and fun activities for families is planned from noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., for the City’s Eighth Annual Juneteenth Festival. The event will showcase information about Jackie Robinson Community Center and the history of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth observes the date Union soldiers enforced President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Texas was the last state in rebellion following the formal end of the Civil War.
Additional informational on Juneteenth, also sometimes referred to as Freedom Day, can be found at the Pasadena Public Library and many places online including https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/ and https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.
Children can participate in arts and crafts activities provided by the Amory center of the Arts. This year’s festivities will focus on promoting the Jackie Robinson Community Center, Neighborhood Connections, Northwest Programs and many programs and services offered.
Entertainment will include, among others, Andre Ray of L.T.D; Bobby Wilkerson All Star Band; Rhythms of the Village Drum and Dance Circle; Roscoe Lee Owens and JazzZone and Country soul singer Petrella.
This free and popular event is sponsored by the Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department, www.cityofpasadena.net/HumanServices. For more information call Jarvis Emerson at (626) 744-7300
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