Austin Celebrates End Of Slavery In Texas With Juneteenth Parade

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd

As the celebration has evolved, Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, baseball and other community activities have become popular Juneteenth activities along with a focus on education and self-improvement.

The Juneteenth celebration dates back to June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers stopped in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and all slaves were now free, according to www.juneteenth.com. "They can see local entrepreneurs; and then, they can also see the kindness that people can show them in the community".

But unlike so numerous do-nothing holidays we celebrate in America for basically no reason at all, Juneteenth deserves our attention most of all.

The 2017 winners, Little Miss Juneteenth Eriana Morton and Miss Juneteenth Bria Smith will also be in the Juneteenth Day parade from 19th & Atkinson to Martin Luther King Drive beginning at 9 a.m.

The day is recognized for ending slavery in America on June 19, 1865. Unfortunately, many slaves were still held captive after it went into effect on January 1, 1863. "I challenge you, all brothers, all fathers, all men that are in the community to come out and bond with your son or bond with another son in your community so we can all be together as one".

"I just like to think everybody's one step closer", she said.

"I tend to believe African American history is kept in the closet unless it's forced to come out", Bergen County NAACP President Anthony Cureton said in a phone interview.

Organizers said every American should feel that same freedom.

Donald Paulk, working in the Jesse Clipper American Legion Post No. 430 booth, said he wants to bring to light how African-Americans have shaped the history of the United States.

"The reinforcement of showing the inhumane things people do to each other".

Fort Worth has a Juneteenth clean up event in the city's West Morningside neighborhood, south of Downtown.

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