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Juneteenth Celebration at Pops!

Juneteenth
Wednesday, June 19, 11 am to 3 pm
Juneteenth Faith & Freedom Film Screening
Music by Victor Martin and Friends and Barbecue
Reciproka, in partnership with Pops,  present Juneteenth Faith & Freedom film screening followed by a barbecue and music with Victor Martin and Friends. James Langford former professor of Black History at College of the Siskiyous who co-produced the film  from the Quarters of Lincoln Heights with Mark Oliver will provide remarks on the film.

Why celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves of the states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” It was not until June 19th, 1865, however, when the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island in Texas and began a campaign against the defenders of slavery, that the enslaved people in Galveston could begin their journey towards freedom. A real reason to celebrate.