WELCOME TO THE 2013 JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE
COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY IN THE PIONEER VALLEY!
* ART | CULTURE | FUN | FAMILY |AWARDS |YOUTH EMPOWERMENT *
Juneteenth observes the June 19th, 1865, proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas. It celebrates freedom for people of all backgrounds, with a focus on its meaning for today’s youth.
Amherst Human Rights Commissioner Kathleen Anderson invites you:
Additional events to take place in Springfield along with special Amherst Human Rights Commission awards ceremony, details below:
We will focus on Youth Empowerment and offer community recognitions to a number of individuals who have made significant contributions to freedom in our community
All proceeds raised will benefit The Youth Action Coalition: youthactioncoalition.org
This event is organized by the Sankofa Coalition which is made up of many organizations and individuals working together, including:
Town of Amherst Human Rights Commission: http://amhersthumanrights.blogspot.com/p/events.html
PAHMUSA, The Pan-African Historical Museum USA in Springfield, MA: pahmusa.mysite.com/contactus.html
Trevor Baptiste, Member of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee; Edward Cage, Vice President and Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Amherst Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Amilcar Shabazz, Vice Chair of the Amherst Regional Public School Committee.
TO BE A SPONSOR/SUPPORTER, CONTACT: email@example.com
Portions of the various event will be videotaped for airing on Amherst Media and on the web.
Here is the PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE thus far:
1 to 3PM – Sounds of Freedom
Preecha Kungo and Igziabeher — roots reggae music
Black Kasbah — outer space sounds
TRGGR Media Collective — “aesthetics of justice” hip hop music
3 to 4:45PM – BHM Unplugged Program Segment
Emceed by Amherst Reg. High School Students: Camila Carpio &c
Storyteller: Onawumi Jean Moss
2050 Legacy | Musical-Poetry Set, 20 minutes
Speaker: Tosh Foerster, Governor’s Statewide Youth Council
New Africa House Ensemble | Jazz Set, 20 minutes
Speakers and Other youth performances on historical and current struggles
4:45 to 6:15PM – Human Rights Commission’s Heroism Awards ceremony
4:50 – 5:00 PM Greg Bascomb opens 9th Annual Amherst Human Rights Youth Heroism Award Picnic, invites ticket-holders to eat, introduces MCs, Dr. Peters, Higher Help, & ACT SMART
5:00 – 5:05 PM Song by Higher Help
5:05 – 5:35 PM ACT SMART
5:35 – 5:45 PM MCs: HRC Commissioner Liam Brodigan and Sajo Jefferson bring on Guest Speaker – Madeline Peters [UMASS disability office is making the award to Zhuli]
5:45 – 5:50 PM Song by Higher Help
5:50 – 6:10 PM Youth Awards [approx. 2 minutes @]: Jenna and April Schilling at Fort River, Eva Ross- Perkins, Daudy Guerrero and Wesley Killough-Hill at Crocker Farm, and Xaq Kruezer- Land, Benjamin Thiessen, James Kirwan, Regina East, Dominik Doemer and Zhui Adams at the high school.
6:10 – 6:20 PM Thanks for Joining Us – Song by Higher Help
6:20 to 7PM – Sankofa Coalition’s closing piece
Rebirth Neo-Soul Set, 30 minutes Concluding Remarks and upcoming events
7PM: Invite help with task force to clean up the Commons to be out before 8 pm.
Links for Further Study:
Selected Presentations on Juneteenth by Amilcar Shabazz:
Justice for Charles Wilhite Juneteenth Celebration by Blackstonian (Springfield, MA). 6/23/2012
“Juneteenth highlights pride in Fourth Ward.” By Mike Tolson for the Houston Chronicle | June 18, 2006. Quoting from my speech at at Mount Horeb MSB (Houston, TX). 6/17/2006
“Educational Equality & the Heart of Texas’ Freedom Struggle: From Juneteenth to LBJ.” Sam Houston State University History Department Annual Lecture (Huntsville, TX). 3/30/2004
“On the Meaning of Juneteenth.” The Safehouse Historic Museum of Black Belt Cultural and Civil Rights History Juneteenth Freedom Festival (Greensboro, AL). 6/28/2003
“Juneteenth: Origins and Significance.” The Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Historical Commission’s History Symposium at the State Capitol; (Austin, TX). 12/11/1998
“The Pillars of Freedom: Constructing Community after Juneteenth.” University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures (San Antonio, TX). 1/26/1997
The actual Juneteenth proclamation went along these lines:
Headquarters, District of Texas
Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865
General Orders, No. 3.
The people are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor. — The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere. By order of Major General Granger
(Signed,) F. W. Emery, Maj. & A.A.G.
As reported in The Galveston Daily News, June 21, 1865
Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation’s effective date of January 1, 1863, nor the end of the Civil War on April 9, 1865, mark the official end of African American enslavement in the U.S. It was June 19, 1865, when the end of slavery was enforced in Texas. Of course, the Thirteenth Amendment, effective December 1865, abolished slavery throughout the entire United States, including the Border states and the Indian territories. Juneteenth is celebrated with the conviction that slavery was abolished only when it was abolished for all.