Twin Cities Juneteenth 30th Anniversary Celebrates Family

2015 Juneteenth celebration
2015 Juneteenth celebration Pete Rhodes

On Saturday June 18th The Twin Cities Juneteenth Incorporated will present it’s thirty anniversary celebration at thj Mississippi Regional Park. The Juneteenth celebration known as Freedom Day began in Galveston Texas June 19th 1865 when Union troops lead by General Gordon Granger arrived to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation issued three years earlier on September 22, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln freeing southern slaves. As of 2014, 43 of 50 states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday, ceremonial holiday or a day of observance.

The Twin Cities Juneteenth program recognize the importance of the village to cure the continued economic, social and family hardships of the African American communities around the country. The 2016 program is dedicated to promoting, preserving and recognizing the importance of the family. The program success relays on volunteers and mentors. Organizers need all communities and organizations to join efforts to create a fun and safe environment by volunteering and supporting the 30th anniversary of this important cultural celebration of freedom.

Tens of thousand have attended the annual Twin Cities celebration considered one of the largest in the country. This years event span three days featuring an Underground railroad enactment and a citywide Fathers Day collaboration with churches.

The annual Twin Cities Juneteenth parade takes place June 18th at 9 am from Jenny Lind Elementary school located at 5025 Bryant Avenue North preceding to the Mississippi Regional Park. Park activities feature local food, health, business and informational vendors, kids activities and live performance stage 10 am to 6 pm. In recognition of the untimely passing of international music artist and native son Prince, special performances and recognitions with be presented feature local and national artist.

For more information on schedules, performances, vendors visit www.juneteenthminnesota.org, volunteers and sponsor contact Mary Pargo@yahoo,com or call 612-238-3733. Pete Rhodes is the owner of BMA Cable Network channel 937 on Comcast.