Each year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosts the Annual 2018 Juneteenth Celebration, which is a community-based event celebrating art, history, music, food, family, and freedom. The Juneteenth celebration is a free event honoring the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
The celebration includes:
- Local Craft and Food Vendors
- Free health screenings and HIV testing
- Nonprofit organizations providing information on community events and social services
- Fun and educational games for children
- Arts and Crafts activities for the entire family
- And last, but not least, live entertainment by local artists, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, and more!
Juneteenth is an American holiday observed annually on June 19. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.