Here's what to know about Juneteenth

Alejandro Massey
June 20, 2017

In the country, it comes in as the third-largest.

"I taught the kids a little bit about drumming and about how before Juneteent and the Emancipation Proclamation there was a time when it was illegal for black people to own a drum", Gaddy said. One man told her that Atlanta's celebration doesn't come close to that of Buffalo.

Juneteenth marks the historical end of slavery in the US dating back to 1865. Many celebrated that day and the festivities of June 19 became known as Juneteenth. According to the official Juneteenth website, On June 19, Union General Gordon Granger and his troops made landfall in Galveston.

I first blogged about Juneteenth past year. Vendors and information booths are on its perimeter and the parade happens along the outermost area through Fillmore Avenue.

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Saunders said it was an introduction to Juneteenth, African-American dance, African dance, African arts, drums and painting. A lot of our black business professionals are not in the military. Past year the celebration attracted more than 70,000 people over two days. There will be a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the screening.

Organizers said every American should feel that same freedom. He wants his son to experience and learn about their heritage.

Monday marks a pivotal point in American history. Decades of collective action would follow as equality and justice for African-Americans advanced slowly, frustratingly, gradually, on our nation's journey toward a more flawless union.

Coordinators believe understanding this history allows for a better future. We talked to the coordinator of the celebration to discuss the objective of bringing this event to Meridian. It was pretty much what you'd expect from a guy who described slavery as "just not good", and wishes Andrew Jackson had been allowed to kill the Civil War, Sarah Connor-style. "It gives you the buoyancy when something is up against you, it doesn't really penetrate your spirit", she said.

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