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Hundreds gather for annual Juneteenth celebration at Brandon Park

20 June 2017
Hundreds gather for annual Juneteenth celebration at Brandon Park

Williams also says the event continues to grow every year and they hope Juneteenth will move to an even bigger venue in the coming years.

Melania and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Juneteenth, a historic day recognizing the end of slavery.

This year, like previous years, the celebrations were meant to highlight black community leaders and people uplifting the black community.

After a business luncheon in February, the newly-formed network began planning a celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Granger's astonishing words inspired soulful festivities and emotional rejoicing.

Lee and her supporters walked in more than 20 states in her first campaign to talk to President Obama previous year.

Khadijah White-Weston, Miss Juneteenth 2017, said she is planning to be a first-generation college student at Clark Atlanta University, which is a historically black college. "The festival is not just something that you come out for the trinkets you can buy".

Right, and then it became the party of Ronald Reagan, "Welfare Queens", and Jesse Helms, who switched parties when Republicans picked up racism in the draft. "This is such a critical event that takes place, it's about the African-American heritage, our culture". This happened two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation which had little impact in Texas due to a lack of enforcement. "We're going to have a lot of fun today".

"It's an important celebration for African Americans all over the country", said Ursula Davis, a professor at Bergen Community College, as a band played in the background. "But it's also a really peaceful atmosphere with people who want to come together and feel loved".

Attendees say it's history that brings them there and keeps them coming back year after year.