Juneteenth celebrations also served as a history lesson for a younger generation Saturday in Tyler.
Juneteenth marks the day General Gordon Granger gave the news of freedom to slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865 in Galveston. Attendees said they hope events like this one help people to remember where they've come from. So, they can see some positive activities happening in our community. "We're talking about our past, our present, our future and we're trying to keep people focused on freedom", Juneteenth Parade Chairman Oscar Vicks said.
Horskins, of St. Louis, was among the many area residents who came out to Beckett Park Sunday for the second annual celebration of what the organizer called "America's second Independence Day". "We need to stay together and build each other up", she said.
"This is a day that we patronize and support one another", said Diane Shakii, a local vendor.
Making Extraordinary Men, a new mentorship program for middle and high school students in St. Joseph started two months ago, and had a booth at Juneteenth to recruit more mentors and mentees.
June 19, is known as Juneteenth.
"Every year it's larger and larger".
Recognizing and celebrating the positive parts of complex and contested historical moments (i.e., the moments when the oppression ended) is also an important and often effective way of creating national unity.
The museum has evolved into a stand alone building and now the walls are covered in images of African American doctors, politicians and inventions that impact daily life, "You can look at the traffic light and say thank you black America".
"The reinforcement of showing the inhumane things people do to each other".
"This is important considering the history", she said.
The free event was sponsored locally by Wegmans, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Black Technology Network at Corning Incorporated, and Elmira Business Institute as well as by the NAACP.
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