Ann Arbor NAACP 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Ann Arbor NAACP 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
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Ann Arbor NAACP 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join the Ann Arbor NAACP for the 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration.

10 AM- Community Unity March from Fuller Park(1519 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105) to Wheeler Park (200 Depot St., Ann Arbor, 48104)

Free transportation for this part of the event will be available.

Noon- 6 PM- Wheeler Park Juneteenth

There will be food, activities, vendors, entertainment and so much more!

 

The Ann Arbor Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -NAACP- held its first Juneteenth Celebration in 1994. The branch began this celebration at the urging of Rev. Herbert Lowe, then pastor of the Church of the Good Shepard in Ann Arbor. The idea was to have a community event celebrated in Ann Arbor that was a joyful time in the life of African Americans. Wheeler Park, formerly Summit Park was chosen as the site for this celebration because it had been the center of an African American neighborhood in Ann Arbor.

There is a common misconception among Americans that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with a stroke of his pen. Yet the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, did no such thing. Two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, announced the end of the Civil War, and read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. It’s likely that none of them had any idea that they had actually been freed more than two years before. It was truly a day of mass emancipation. It has become known as Juneteenth. It was truly a day of mass emancipation. It has become known as Juneteenth.

Since then, Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African Americans, a de facto second Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery and the first step toward inclusion in the greater American dream. Currently, a little more than half of U.S. states acknowledge Juneteenth in some form or another, usually on the third Saturday of June.

The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states creating Juneteenth committees continues to increase. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed brightens our future – and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth.

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Date:
June 18
Time:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Venue

Wheeler Park
200 Depot St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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