Start this June off with a fun, family friendly, and important celebration: The Annual Riverside County Juneteenth Celebration. 2013 marks the 13th year of this celebration, which will take place on June 1.
Juneteenth is more than just a celebration: it’s a holiday. It celebrates the emancipation of African Americans in the United States from the bonds of slavery. In September of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery. The Civil War ended in April; however, the last African Americans were not informed of their freedom until June. Hence, this celebration is held in the month of June.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, and while the holiday began in Texas, it has since spread throughout the United States. The day no longer just symbolizes freedom but also stands for education and empowerment.
At the Riverside County Juneteenth Celebration, families can expect entertainment (musical performances), educational speakers, workshops, games, activities, and food all at a convenient local park. This celebration is geared towards individuals of all ages. Past events have included:
- Alton Garret (for Senator Barbara Boxer)
- Triple Platinum Hip Hop Group
- Sankofa Times Film Screening
- Soul Line Dancers
For more information, please call 1-88-752-1619 or visit the Riverside County Juneteenth Celebration website.