Texas cities mark Juneteenth with parades, family events

District 1 City Council Member Ora Houston waves to spectators

Saturday's Juneteenth festivity at Ypao Beach wasn't the first time such a celebration had been held on Guam, Johnson said, but it was the first time it's been held on the "different age of social media". On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston to declare Texas slaves free more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The 16th Annual Juneteenth celebration kicked off today at Ernie Davis Park in Elmira.

Sunday's event was a collaboration of a number of charges and included food for guests.

She says if we don't remember the past, it could happen again in the future. "Juneteenth brings descendants of former slaves together in ways that celebrate our independence while giving us the motivation to continue making strides forward".

Steve Hoff of Buffalo said culture is one of the main reasons, apart from the motorcycle show, that he visits for both days every year.




This year's Juneteenth theme is "A Time to Heal, A Time to Unite".

"People (are) coming in from all directions to celebrate the 19th of June", Sessions said.

"We'll see a lot of kids tomorrow", Filer said. "Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand".

One big emphasis of the day was on healthcare in the African American community, and doctors and people from Kaiser were on hand to give talks about health issues that affect people in Vallejo, like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and some psychological ailments. Events like Juneteenth provide an opportunity to share that history throughout the community.

"So many whites have died for blacks to be free", she said. "You can look at the filament to the light bulb and the dust pan and the type writer and the golf tee and you can say thank you black America", said Roberts- Joseph. In January, local leaders announced that 10,000 delegates are expected to descend on the city in July 2018 for the national NAACP gathering.

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