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June 2017 - What's Happening @ LWLC: Juneteenth

Juneteenth

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Juneteethalso known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day originated in 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Today, Juneteenth commemorates freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. For more information about national and local celebrations, visit the National Juneteeth Observance Foundation

While the site does not list any observances in Alabama, there are some sites for further reference:

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute - The Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute has held celebrations in previous years, but none is planned for 2017. 

Alabama State Proclamation - In 2012, Alabama became the 40th state to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.

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What is Juneteenth

This Youtube video was created in 2010.   The voice is Opio Sokoni and the Juneteenth celebration is Charlotte, North Carolina. (text : NF)

Books & E-books

These are a few of the books and e-books related to Juneteenth accessible to LWLC patrons

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