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Celebrate Black Lives at Juneteenth

June 19, 2015, will mark the 150 Anniversary of Juneteenth Day Celebration in American History. Join us Friday for a Praise Celebration at Fountain of Life Church, 7:00 pm, featuring Marquis Hunt, renowned saxophonist and psalmist.

Saturday’s Celebration will kick-off with the Fifteenth Annual Parade at 11:00 am. (Expo Way–at Willow Park–to John Nolen – Olin Turville Pkwy) and the outdoor festivities will follow at Olin Turville Park, starting at Noon  on June 20, 2015.

Juneteenth is the one event that is totally dedicated to the African American experience here in Madison and across the nation.  We are aware of the challenges that impact African Americans living in Madison and Dane County but adversity is not new to African American community. For it was in the midst of slavery that our American experience was formed; while plowing fields and picking cotton “soul music” was born as an outward expression of hope in the midst of despair.  It is the freedom from what physically binds us that is celebrated every Juneteenth Day. In 1865, it was slavery and today it is racial disparity.

We are excited about this year’s Celebration. As we researched historical information to ensure that 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.

If you are interested in vendor space, please complete the appropriate attached sheet and return it with a money order or cashier’s check (payable to Juneteenth Fund) to Kujichagulia—Madison Center for Self Determination, Inc. (P.O. Box 259806 Madison, WI 53725).

If you have any questions, please contact us at via telephone or email at 608 284-8931 or kujichaguliajuneteenth@gmail.com.

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