Twenty-fourth Annual Juneteenth

The twenty-fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Penn Park. The Celebration will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Annual Parade, which starts in the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center’s parking lot located at 633 West Badger Road and going down Badger Rd. to Park St and ending at Penn Park. This year’s theme is: “Juneteenth 2013…Remember, Embrace and Shape Our Future.” Juneteenth is a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich history of African Americans through various forms–entertainment, lectures, visual presentation, food and other activities. Juneteenth provides the opportunity for your group or agency to reach a significant portion of Madison’s African American community. Our many partnerships have increased the Celebration’s ability to draw a wider audience from across Dane County

Plans for Juneteenth 2013

For the past twenty-plus years Mona and I have led a group of dynamic community members in planning Madison’s annual Juneteenth Day Celebration. As we plan a celebration that resonates with the essence of the Black experience in America, we found out these amazing facts; ‘Black America influences 90% – 100% of mainstream American culture. From music to movies, literature to language, fashion to finance, Black America has a predominant influence.’

As a community, we make up about 12 – 15 % of this country’s population and despite the startling rates of disparities; we determine the culture of this great nation. Take a moment to reflect and as you do, think about the many accomplishments of Black people in this country, consider the magnitude of our intellect, talents, skills and our community’s profound influences on contemporary society, you should simply be amazed. This influence is historical and dates back to the beginning of time; Black people have contributed greatly from the development of civilization to modern day advances. Contact our Chair, Ronnicia Johnson-Walker at 608.616.5770 for more information about how you can be a part of planning this year’s Celebration.

Welcome

The twenty-fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Penn Park. The Celebration will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Annual Parade, which starts in the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center’s parking lot located at 633 West Badger Road and going down Badger Rd. to Park St and ending at Penn Park. This year’s theme is: “Juneteenth 2013…Remember, Embrace and Shape Our Future.” Juneteenth is a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich history of African Americans through various forms entertainment, lectures, visual presentation, food and other activities. Juneteenth provides the opportunity for your group or agency to reach a significant portion of Madison’s African American community. Our many partnerships have increased the Celebration’s ability to draw a wider audience from across Dane County.

 

Juneteenth is a…

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.