South Broward Juneteenth Celebration
The mission of the South Broward Juneteenth Celebration is to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that benefits the surrounding South Broward communities
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH & WHY WE CELEBRATE?
Juneteenth is a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States.
In the confusion and turmoil as the Civil war drew to a close, many blacks did not immediately learn of General Robert E. Lee’s April, 1865 surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia. In fact, Texans fought on through May, when they finally learned that the war had truly ended.
When Union Army General Gordon Granger landed at the Texas Port City of Galveston to take command of the military district of Texas, one of his first actions after landing in June, 1865, was to read General Order #3 to the people of Galveston.
General Granger read, “The people of Texas are informed...all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves...”
Thus, June 19th (Juneteenth) - became the emancipation date of those long suffering for freedom, the newly freed slaves of Texas.
This tradition of celebration has remained strong well into the 21st century and is celebrated in many states throughout the nation. Juneteenth is honored like the Fourth of July, with prayer services, inspirational speeches, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, stories from former slaves, picnics, games, rodeos, dances and festivals.
The celebration of Juneteenth is a multi-cultural recognition of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. For African-Americans, it is a tribute to the strength, endurance and faith of their ancestors. For all of America it is a reminder that none of us is free until all of us are free!
ACTIVITIES ON THE LAWN OF THE
WASHINGTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
The celebration date is as follows and are all open to the public at no cost: The Opening Ceremony will kick-off the 1-day event on SATURDAY, June 20, 2020 from 1:00p-8:00 p.m. on the lawn Washington Park Community Center and will include a keynote speaker, special recognitions, music and refreshments. Our guests will include City of Hollywood’s Legislative members, public officials, different area community leaders and, of course, all of you.
A special memorial dedication for our great community advocates will also be included. Our event also features food and merchant vendors, children’s activities Corner, a kickball game that commemorates the Negro League, a health fair, educational exhibits and musical entertainment, Last but not lease STRAWBERRY SODA.