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Dreams for Justice: Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom
June 19, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, June 19, 2015
Packard Park Shelter House, Mahoning Avenue N.W., Warren, OH 44483
(Located behind the Packard Museum)
March for Our Dreams Around Packard Park
Faith, Community & Political Speakers
Moments of Music, Praise & Fellowship
Food and refreshments will be provided.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities – as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend. Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality, as a reference point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to this society. Juneteenth is a day on which honor and respect is paid for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which we acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath. On Juneteenth we talk about our history and realize because of it, there will forever be a bond between us. On Juneteenth we think about that moment in time when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received word of their freedom. We imagine the depth of their emotions, their jubilant dance and their fear of the unknown. Juneteenth is a day that we commit to each other the needed support as family, friends and co-workers. It is a day we build coalitions that enhance African American economics. On Juneteenth we come together young and old to listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one step closer together – to better utilize the energy wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for all.