MAYOR TOM REID IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR OF PEARLAND, TEXAS ON SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017







MAYOR PRO TEM GARY MOORE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL POSITION #3







SHERRY STOCKWELL IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL POSITION #7







MIKE FLOYD IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR PEARLAND ISD TRUSTEE FOR POSITION #2






TRUSTEE JASON BURDINE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR FBISD TRUSTEE FOR POSITION #1




L. ANGELO DECAMPS IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR FBISD TRUSTEE FOR POSITION #1






TRUSTEE KRISTIN TASSIN IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR FBISD TRUSTEE FOR POSITION #4






DR. SHIRLEY ROSE-GILLIAM IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR FBISD TRUSTEE FOR POSITION #4






THE KEY CANDIDATES PICTURED ABOVE IN THE 2017 FORT BEND ISD GENERAL ELECTION ARE ALL ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017: Jason Burdine, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 1; L. Angelo DeCamps, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 1; Kristin Tassin, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 4; Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 4; K.P. George, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 5; Lorena Duneas, for FBISD Trustee for Position No. 5. KEY CANDIDATES IN THE 2017 PEARLAND GENERAL ELECTION: Sherry Stockwell, a Businesswoman who is asking for your vote in the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #7; Mayor Tom Reid, the incumbent mayor running for re-election in Pearland; Gary Moore, incumbent Pearland City Councilman for At-Large Position #3. Early voting for the FBlSD General Election and the Pearland, Texas General Election will take place from Monday, April 24, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The candidates pictured on this cover are not connected to one another unless otherwise noted. Call: (281)788-3033 to speak directly to the publisher. Houston Business Connections Magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All rights reserved. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE EARLY: Monday, April 24, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS: Happenings in Houston, Texas to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Juneteenth Holiday; Freedom Over Texas Also Coming on Saturday, July 4, 2015


AUBREY R. TAYLOR:  “This year we’re celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the “JUNETEENTH” holiday. In case you don’t know, “JUNETEENTH” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday commemorates African American freedom and places great emphasis on education and achievement. This page emphasizes events taking place in Houston, Texas for  “JUNETEENTH” and the “4TH OF JULY”. However, it also highlights events taking place in Galveston, Missouri City, other parts of Texas, and beyond. The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.”

"Here are a few people who value and respect us, and our community." - Aubrey R. Taylor

We would like to thank the following individuals for finding value in "CELEBRATING" our "FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" during this special moment in "AMERICAN" history: Attorney Ben Hall (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston), Mayor Allen Owen (Mayor of Missouri City, Texas), Judge Loyd Wright (Judge for Harris County Probate Court #1), Judge John Schmude (Judge for the 247th Family District Court in Harris County), Attorney Farrah Martinez (Farrah Martinez P.L.L.C.), Justin Jordan (Founder of Patriot Group Strategies), Darvin Taylor (Founder of Champ Ready Mix), Attorney/Educator Carroll G. Robinson (2015 Candidate for City of Houston Controller), Bishop Anthony A. Allen & Matishe Allen (House of Home International Church), Bishop K.J. Brown & Priscilla Brown (Founders of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries), and Victoria Lane (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston) are just a few of the people you can expect to see inside this historic edition.


*The individuals, sponsors, and supporters featured on this page are not connected to one another in any way, shape or form unless otherwise noted. Call Aubrey R. Taylor Communications at (832)212-8735 if you have any questions or concerns about this page.


Saturday, June 6, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS



From 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 the 5th Annual Caribbean Heritage Month Festival will be taking place at Jones Plaza located at 600 Louisiana in Houston, Texas. You are invited to come out and celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month with The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT). This event promises to come complete with fabulous native music, exuberant cultural dancing, and much more. Click here for more information on The Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival.


Saturday, June 6, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

This event is not necessarily considered to be a "2015 Juneteenth Event" but on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. through 6:50 P.M. “WELCOME TO HOUSTON” featuring: Bun-B, Slim Thug, Devin The Dude, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Scarface, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, and The Suffers will be on stage at the Free Press Summer Fest 2015. A few other artist/groups who will be performing at the 2015 Free Press Summer Fest are: Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, Steve Angello, Major Lazer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, Flume, Chance The Rapper, Mastodon, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, Tears for Fears, Band of Horses, Welcome to Houston, Gary Clark Jr., RL Grime, G-Eazy, Sturgill Simpson, Flogging Molly, Brandi Carlile, Odesza, Future Islands, Tove Lo, Tycho, Portugal. The Man, Lecrea, Rocket From The Crypt, GTA, The Sword, Glass Animals, Peaches, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and Benjamin Booker. You can view the complete lineup by clicking hereThe 2015 FPSF will take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Doors open at 11:00 A.M. Click here to get tickets.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

A show being billed by the Texas Black Expo as the largest African-American empowerment festival in Texas will take place at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. This show will be hosted by legendary old school R&B artists Keith Sweat & Chante Moore. The doors will open at 4:00 P.M. with the show starting at 6;00 P.M. PLEASE NOTE: This event is produced by Texas Black Expo, not by Discovery Green. For ticket information please visit: www.texasblackexpo.com. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney in Houston, Texas.  Please click here for more information on this event. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 4:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster's Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang and Public Enemy will be taking part in the BOOM 92 KINGS OF THE MIC CONCERT: Tickets for this event range from: $125 GA Pit / $125, $79.50, $59.50 & $39.50. Reserved / $32.50 Lawn. Preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $20 plus service charge. FREE guest parking is available in lighted and patrolled lots convenient to The Pavilion. Click here for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Friday, June 19, 2015 the KEVIN GARNER UA JUNETEENTH PARTY will be going down at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance Street in Houston. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. DJ LP; @ 9:00 P.M. Mydolls Music @ 10:00 P.M.The Footnotes @ 11:00 P.M. Herschel Berry and the Natives. Then you can expect a little more DJ LP till it’s time to go home. Tickets for this event are $10.00 dollars at the door. All proceeds are going to Kevin's defense fund to fight Pancreatic Cancer.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

Doors will open at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 for you to enjoy a FREE event with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra / Lavard Skou Larsen, conductor / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, soloist. More than 100 gifted musicians from around the world are showcased in this FREE concert. Preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $10 plus service charge. FREE guest parking is available in lighted and patrolled lots convenient to The Pavilion. Click here for more information on parking for this event. You can click here for more general information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

From 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. a JAZZ MEETS JUNETEENTH CONCERT AND DINNER will be taking place at the Metropolitan CME Church located at 8955 South Freeway (288) in Houston, Texas. Join Metropolitan CME Church for their annual Jazz concert and Dinner. Events will start with a FREE Juneteenth Festival – scheduled to take place from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for the entire family to enjoy games, food and a youth jazz band. Their concert/dinner event are scheduled to begin at 5:30 P.M. You are also invited to join the Metropolitan CME Church for their Outdoor Cajun Style Barbecue and ready yourself for some of Houston's greatest Jazz music. (A ticketed program) at 7:30 P.M. will also be going on. The “FEATURED EVENING CONCERT” is scheduled to begin with popular jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche, Singer Andre James and Sax Man Kyle Turner as part of the lineup. Click here for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's Juneteenth Celebration will be presenting an exciting music lineup to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the region's most significant historic events, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Music fans will gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which happens to be Houston's largest public outdoor theatre. Guests will hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including blues, jazz, brass band, funk and zydeco. So for more information on this event please visit www.june19.org today!



Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents a lineup of legendary singers and rising stars in traditional African American music to honor the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, including Jewel Brown with R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0, Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase, the Peterson Brothers and Connection.

Jewel Brown is an acclaimed Jazz and Blues singer whose career includes performing with Louis Armstrong's band from 1961-68 and starring in movies and television shows with Armstrong. She performs with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band. R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0 are carrying on the legacy of Houston Jazz legend Joe Sample. They recently recorded a CD with Jewel Brown.

Trudy Lynn is a Houston legacy in Soul and Blues. Her 2014 album, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, reached Number 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums Chart. Steve Krase and his band The In Crowd are award-winning Blues artists. Their latest recording, Buckle Up, features Trudy Lynn. The Peterson Brothers are rising stars in Blues, bringing a very young perspective to the music from Austin, Texas. Connection is an award-winning gospel group from Houston, Texas.

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration commemorates one of the region's most significant historic events, Juneteenth, which has celebrated the abolition of slavery in Texas for 150 years. The event marks the occasion on June 19, 1865 when, following the Union victory in the American Civil War, a contingent of Union Army troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger read a series of orders, including General Order Number 3, proclaiming "all slaves are free."

Music fans gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre on June 19, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Brass Band, Funk and Zydeco. The event is free.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030. Miller Outdoor Theatre is wheelchair accessible. MetroRail serves Hermann Park. Information can be found at www.ridemetro.org. Concert-goers bringing cars are encouraged to carpool.

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration is funded by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board and Texas Commission on the Arts. It is presented by Houston Blues Museum, Houston Blues Society, Houston Institute for Culture, Houston Museum of Culture, Houston Style Magazine and KPFT-Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM.

Artist photos and bios are available by request. Additional information and event photos are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth.

Past performers have included many legends of American heritage and icons of Gulf Coast regional music: Allen Toussaint, Joe Sample Trio, The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters, Milton Hopkins and the Hit City Blues Band, Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Ruthie Foster, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Annika Chambers and the Houston All-stars, Sherman Robertson and the Crossroads Blues Band, Cory Ledet and his Zydeco Band, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, Les Amis Creole, David Batiste, Glen David Andrews, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Larry Fulcher, David de la Garza, Earl Gillium, I.J. Gosey, New Birth Brass Band, Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Endurance and many more.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

At 9:00 A.M on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the EMANCIPATION PARK “Juneteenth Parade” lineup will begin. The parade will start at the Texas Southern University Gym (at the corner of Wheeler and Ennis) at 10:00 A.M. and proceed to the Emancipation Celebration Music Festival at Project Row Houses. DETAILS: This event is FREE for: Bands, Drumlines, Dance Groups, Cheer & Step Teams, etc… and walking families, Strollers, wheelchairs, Handicapped, Non-motorized Bikes & Tricycles, etc…OTHERS, such as Motorcycles: $10:00 dollars each, Walking Non-Profits and Clubs: $25:00 dollars each, Cars, Vans and Trucks: $50:00 dollars each, and Corporate Sponsors and Floats: $150 each. The theme for this year is: “The Colors of Freedom!”

Houston’s Annual Juneteenth Parade, founded in 1973, by Rev. C. Anderson Davis and the National Emancipation Association, is the longest continuously running parade honoring African American freedom in history. This is a people’s parade, featuring anyone who wants to participate, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes will be joined by Floats, Western Wagons, Trail Riders and Marching Bands from Houston area high schools and colleges. This year’s parade is hosted and coordinated by the Friends of Emancipation Park. Emancipation Park’s historic 2015 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks the 152nd anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the 150th year since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom; 143rd celebration in Emancipation Park (currently hosted by Friends of Emancipation Park) and the 42nd year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades! For more information on this event visit www.junteenthfest.com or call (832)598-7469.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. State Representative Sylvester Turner’s Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade is scheduled to begin at W. Montgomery Road at Wilburforce Street and proceed north on W. Montgomery Road, then west on Dolly Wright Avenue, and conclude on Dolly Wright Avenue between Sandle Street and Price Street. The staging area for the parade is the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center parking lot on Knox Street between Homer Street and Wilburforce Street. The disbanding area will be the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church parking lot on Dolly Wright Avenue between Sandle Street and Price Street. Click here for a complete list of City of Houston Parade and Street Functions scheduled to take place during the month of June. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

From 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015, The African American Library at the Gregory School will be hosting a "Donor Appreciation Event" celebrating Juneteenth. As you already know, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The African American Library at the Gregory School will be taking a look back at what they’ve accomplished, but also ahead as they continue to strive for purpose and creativity. This event will honor the self-determination of our ancestors and thank the
amazing donors who make The African American Library at the Gregory School possible.
The guest speaker for this event will be Professor Angela Holder, a Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor at Houston Community College. Professor Holder will discuss the Camp Logan Mutiny/Houston Riot of 1917. A reception will follow. Click here for more information. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street in Houston, Texas 77019. If you would like more information on the “Donor Appreciation Event” call: 832-393-1440. For information about meeting rooms at The African American Library at the Gregory School, please call 832-393-1646.

Friday, June 26, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

The Al Edwards Juneteenth Tennis Classic will take place from Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015. This event is organized by Juneteenth USA. For more information call (713)741-8800. Entries for this event will close on Monday June 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Central Time). DIVISIONS: Men's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-80; Women's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-75; Mixed Doubles: Open,35,45,55; NTRP Men's & NTRP Women's Singles & Doubles: 2.5-5.0; and NTRP Mixed Doubles: 2.5-5.0.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON, TEXAS

On Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 8:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. the Montrose Diversity Celebration Parade is scheduled to take place. The parade begins at the intersection of Dunlavy Street at Westheimer and will proceed east on Westheimer and disbands at Montrose. The staging area for the parade will be on Woodhead between Westheimer and W. Alabama, Hazard between Westheimer and W. Alabama, Harold between McDuffie and Dunlavy, Kipling between Hazard and Dunlavy and Marshall between Hazard and Dunlavy. The disbanding area will be on Westheimer between Montrose towards Taft for large floats, Stanford towards W. Alabama for vehicles, and Stanford towards Pacific Street for walking participants. Click here for a complete list of City of Houston Parade and Street Functions scheduled to take place during the month of June. For more information on the Montrose Diversity Celebration Parade call Rick Higdon at: (832)523-1844.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park (CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION) on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO. 

This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the American Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.comUS Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health. 



Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability. 

The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking allowed in any City of Houston park interior and exterior spaces/facilities. 


Freedom Over Texas is one of the signature events produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.




 Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.


Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. For more information on Juneteenth, visit www.juneteenth.com

Sunday, June 7, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 7, 2015 the 23rd Annual Juneteenth Development Corporation Scholarship Gala will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located at: 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Young Ladies ages 17 to 22 will compete for scholarships and prizes. The first place winner will be crowned Miss Juneteenth Ambassador. Contestants are judged on an oral presentation of their goals and aspirations; a creative talent; formal wear and a question and answer session.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 the 23rd Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth Banquet will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: The theme “Come on Home Where It All Began” highlights the history of Juneteenth and its importance to our community and heritage. Former State Rep. Al Edwards, Old Central Board President Ennis Williams and UTMB started this banquet 19 years ago. Banquet Sponsorships: $350, $500, and $1,000. Individual Tickets $35.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the (GHF) Galveston Historical Foundation will present "African American History: Importance & Reflection". This event will take place at: 1861 Custom House located at 502 20th Street in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: The Galveston Historical Foundation will host two speakers to bring a historical perspective to Juneteenth and inspire us with thoughts on the importance of African American History. One of the speakers is Deborah Mack, from the National Museum of African American History; Caleb Daniels, from the Rice University Department of History is the other speaker.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the African American Museum Juneteenth Family & Friends Festival will take place at the Kermit Courville Stadium Parking Lot located at 27th & Avenue L in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Rental space for vendors is available, contact James Josey at (409)497-6963. Come out and enjoy the music, food and fun. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 Juneteenth at Jack Johnson Park: "The Heart of a Champion will take place at the Old Central Center located at 2617 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Veteran boxing manager and historian Bob Spagnola will conduct a meet and greet along with several of his former and current clients to discuss the “sweet science” and view videos of several of the world champions he has associated within his 35 plus years in the business. The talk will be held in Old Central Auditorium and photos will be taken in the adjacent Jack Johnson Park which recognizes our native son, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, born on March 31, 1878 in Galveston, who became the first African American to win the world Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1908. The Galveston Chamber of Commerce will have young entrepreneurs on site selling Lemonade. Call Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the NIA Cultural Center: Screening of "Celebrating Freedom Then & Now" will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located at 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Inspired by a discussion of elder’s recollections of the celebration of Juneteenth when they were young, the Nia Cultural Center decided to document these firsthand accounts utilizing area students who conducted videotaped elder interviews. This enlightening documentary will explore the factual history of the holiday and testimonials of how the celebration of Juneteenth and the Galveston Community has changed over time. Call Sue Johnson at (409)765-7086 for more information.

Sunday, June 14, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 14, 2015 the St. Vincent House 14th Annual Gospel by the Sea Benefit Concert will take place at the The Grand 1894 Opera House located at 2020 Post Office Street in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: This is a FREE live musical benefit concert. However, you must still have a ticket to attend. You can contact Rev. Freda Marie Brown or Linda Cole at (409)763-8521 for more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a discussion with Leonard Pitts, author of "Freeman" will take place at the Sieber Center at Galveston College located at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Galveston Reads Program and Rosenberg Library present a discussion of the book "Freeman," with author Leonard Pitts.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the “Underground Railroad” re-enactments will take place at the 1838 Michel B. Menard Home & Menard Hall located at 1604 33rd St. in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: The event consists of a day of re-enactments by local volunteers of the lives of people who traveled the famous Underground Railroad. The program is designed to show children 8 to 11 years old the challenges slaves faced in escaping to freedom. Call (409)765-3468 to register for this event.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the Texas Juneteenth Gala at Ashton Villa will take place at 1859 Ashton Villa located at 2328 Broadway in Galveston, Texas. 

DETAILS: This event celebrates the historic actions of former State Representative Al Edwards, The Texas Legislature and Governor Bill Clements who signed the bill making Juneteenth a State Holiday in June 1979 along with state funding of $100,000 for the Texas Juneteenth Statue erected at Ashton Villa in June 2007. The cost to attend this event is $25.00 dollars. Call Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 8:30 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 36th Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth State Holiday, Emancipation Proclamation Reading & Prayer Breakfast will take place at 1859 Ashton Villa located at 2328 Broadway in Galveston, Texas. 

DETAILS: The Emancipation Proclamation will be read to commemorate the historic event that occurred in Galveston on June 19, 1865, two years after it was enacted in 1863. Galveston holds the distinction of being the place of the first reading of the Proclamation in the South. We also celebrate Texas State Representative Al Edwards’ sponsorship of two legislative bills establishing Juneteenth as a State Holiday in 1979 and providing for a Juneteenth statue in Galveston. In June 2007, the Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural and Historical Commission dedicated a $100,000 statue commemorating the State Juneteenth Holiday at the historic Ashton Villa, which was the first government recognized holiday for black people in the United States. Free Breakfast after the program will be provided by “You Can’t Touch This”. Call Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 37th Annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Picnic will take place at Wright Cuney Park located at 41st & Avenue H in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: There will be activities for the whole family. Mrs. Charles is one of our oldest Galveston leaders (101). Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program will include the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wright Cuney Angels, Talent Contest, Music, Praise Singing, Dance, Hoops Contest and Wright Cuney Brass Band. Awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners. The picnic is free to the public. Everyone is invited to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment. Contact Anna Fields (409)539-5221 or Barbara Gordon (409)599-8050 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 12:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 3rd Annual Juneteenth at Jack Johnson Park will take place at Jack Johnson Park located at 2601 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Jack Johnson Park was dedicated in November 2012 and is operated by the Old Central Cultural Center Board of Directors. This community park recognizes its native son, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, born on March 31, 1878, who became the first African American to win the world Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1908. He was world famous and a life-size statue was placed in the park in his honor. Contact Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 12:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Noon Parade will take place at 33rd & Seawall Boulevard located at 33rd St in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: To start the 150th anniversary of the Juneteenth celebration, join us for the Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth NOON Parade! Everyone can enjoy of many motorcycles, corvettes, drill teams, train, trail riders,Texas South University, Grambling University and many other participants from around Galveston County! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Contact Rosalyn Jackson at (409)497-3203 for more information.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church Juneteenth Homecoming for the 150th Emancipation March will take place at Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church located at 2015 Broadway in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Marchers should convene at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Old Galveston Court House on 21st and Sealy; procession to Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2015 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550 (approximately 3 blocks).

Families from all over the country are coming home to Galveston to celebrate Juneteenth – “where it all began”. Juneteenth Homecoming is a tradition that families have practiced since freedom came to Texas in 1865. Families came back home to Galveston to fellowship, to pray and to honor their ancestors who endured the bonds of slavery. Bring your family to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors as Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church re-enacts the first documented celebration of emancipation, held on January 1, 1866 and attended by close to 1,000 citizens of Galveston. You’ll be a witness to history and forever a part of this historic event –the 150th reading of General Order #3 from the steps of the Old Galveston Courthouse.

A jubilant march to the historic sanctuary of Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church is followed by an inspirational program of music, performances, stirring speakers and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Traditional Juneteenth refreshments will be served. All are invited to participate in this free event open to the public.

Friday, June 19, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 7:30 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Galveston Juneteenth Parade will take place. The parade will proceed from 1600 Strand to Seawall in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: TIME: The parade lineup is at 6:00 p.m. at 16th & Strand to 20th & Strand. PARADE STARTS: 7:30 p.m. PARADE ROUTE: West on Strand to 25th. Left on 25th to Seawall Boulevard; Right on Seawall to 28th. Parade will end between Seawall Boulevard and Avenue Q. CONTACT: Rosalyn Jackson (409) 497-3203, Jamal Shabazz (Chair) (409) 599-0155, Anna Fields (Co-Chair) (409) 539-5221, Sandra Tousant (832) 452-2956. Call one of the three contact persons to pick up an application form.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the Take It to the Wood "Juneteenth Celebration" will take place at Shiloh A.M.E. Church located at 1310 29th Street in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: This event promises to be lots of fun, food and plenty of games and fellowship. Contact Reverend Kevin Hodge, Sr., Pastor of Shiloh A.M.E. Church at (409)762-3646 for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the (GHF) Galveston Historical Foundation Juneteenth Community Concert will take place at Saengerfest Park located at 2300 Strand in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Historically, the first formal celebrations of Emancipation and Abolition were celebrated in the public square. This Juneteenth concert will feature live music and a time to remember. Call (409)765-7834 for more information on this event.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
GALVESTON, TEXAS

At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 27, 2015 the Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference will take place at 2310 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will return to Galveston, Texas for the annual GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, which will include the 2015 National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference. Activities scheduled include the National Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and Reconciliation Prayer Service, National Juneteenth Luncheon, Board Meeting and a National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign Workshop. For information on this event contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the NJOF, at 662-392-2016.

Missouri City Set to Celebrate Juneteenth 2015


Monday, June 15, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

At 7 a.m., on Monday, June 15, the City of Missouri City will partner with the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (MCJCF) to kick off its 2015 celebration with the scholarship golf tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Quinta Dr. This year’s six-day celebration will run from June 15 – 20 and will include three new special events.

The MCJCF was launched by District B Missouri City Councilmember Don Smith in the fall of 2002 and was comprised of residents, businesses and civic leaders in Missouri City. The vision of the Foundation is to promote the well-being of residents who reside within Fort Bend County, particularly, citizens of Missouri City. The celebration was created to bring an event of purpose to the community. This organization recognizes area community leaders and provides financial support for deserving students through scholarships.

“The Foundation’s mission statement is to bring positive attention to African-Americans, while celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Councilmember Smith, who also serves as the MCJCF Board Chairman. “We welcome residents, businesses and friends across the region to join us in recognizing and honoring the wisdom and wealth of our families.”


Monday, June 15, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ The Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at the City Centre at Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Quinta Dr. on Monday, June 15. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., shotgun begins at 8 a.m. and the tournament begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $100 for individuals and $400 for a team

Thursday, June 18, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ The Community Service Awards Gala will be held at the City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr. on Thursday, June 18. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and the gala at 8 p.m. Admission is $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a table.

Friday, June 19, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ Family Fun Day in the Park will be held at Hunters Glen Park, 1340 Independence on Friday, June 19. The family movie will begin at dusk. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

Friday, June 19, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ A Community Art Project, “It Takes a Village” by 3D Fabric Artist Carolyn Crump, will be held at the Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway on Friday, June 19. The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the viewing will run from 7 – 9 p.m. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ Juneteenth Parade, “One Mile of Smiles” will be held on Texas Parkway (FM 2234) on Saturday, June 20. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ Battle of the Bands will be held at the Thurgood Marshall High School Athletic Field on Saturday, June 20. The battle will begin after the parade. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

§ A Bid Whist and Domino Tournament will be held at the Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per tournament. They are open to the general public.

For more information about this year’s events, visit www.mcjcf.com or call 281.816.6441.

Residents interested in volunteering for this year’s Juneteenth events can contact Missouri City Media Relations Specialist Cory Stottlemyer at 281.403.8532.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX and on Instagram at MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) and on Youtube.


OTHER JUNETEENTH RELATED EVENTS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE HOUSTON AREA


Thursday, June 11, 2015
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

From Tuesday, June, 9, 2015 through Friday, June 19, 2015 The Corpus Christi Juneteenth Coalition will be hosting “TEN DAYS OF CELEBRATION OF EMANCIPATION 2015” The goal of the Juneteenth Coalition is to increase awareness in the community of the Juneteenth Holiday and to involve community organizations to participate in the celebration of the holiday. Member of the Corpus Christi Juneteenth Coalition include the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce, Lead First, TABPHE (Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education), Small Business Owners and Community volunteers. 2015 FOCUS: African American Educators: The Corpus Christi Juneteenth Coalition celebrates the achievement of the role and achievements of the African Americans in Education from 1863 to 2015. Please help honor African American Educators and local African American High School Graduates by attending the Solomon M. Coles Award Banquet taking place on Sunday, June 14, 2015, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM at the Emerald Beach Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Emerald Beach). Tickets for this event are $50.00 dollars. For more Information contact Hannah Carter: 361.815.3099 or Gloria Scott: 361.510.7626. Click here to visit their website.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
DES MOINES, IOWA

At 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 a “Red Carpet Reception” takes place, with a “Community Builders Appreciation Banquet” shortly to follow at 7:00 P.M., all hosted by the Iowa Juneteenth Observance. Juneteenth is an official state observance held annually in Iowa on the third Saturday in June. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance’s mission is to educate Iowans on, and promote, the Juneteenth holiday in the state of Iowa; to commemorate the end to slavery in America. And highlight the economic, political, social efforts of African-Americans; an opportunity to reach out to all Iowans in a mutual celebration of freedom. Visit www.iowajuneteenth.org for more information.

Thursday, June 11-14, 2015
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

The Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival will take place at Mozley Park located at 1565 Martin Luther King Jr.Drive, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30314. To learn more call (404) 546-6744; or visit www.juneteenthatl.com for more information on this event.


Saturday, June 13, 2015
HITCHCOCK, TEXAS

At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the 104th Annual Juneteenth Family Day will take place at Stringfellow Orchards located at 7902 State Highway 6 in Hitchcock, Texas.

DETAILS: Stringfellow Orchards was owned by Henry Marlyn Stringfellow (1839-1912), a successful businessman in the late 1880’s. Because of his success, Mr. Stringfellow was able to pay orchard workers one dollar a day (when the going wage was fifty cents). This enabled workers, mostly freed slaves, the opportunity to better take care of their families. It also allowed them the opportunity to buy land. In his book, The New Horticulture (1896), Mr. Stringfellow mentions the name of one of these men, Frank Bell. The Bell family lives in Texas City. Activities for the day include moonwalk, games for children of all ages, music and performances.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
SURFSIDE, TEXAS

On Saturday, June 13, 2015 the Southern University Alumni, Houston Chapter will be hosting a Juneteenth Party at the Stahlman Park in Surfside, Texas from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is scholarship fundraising opportunity for all interested alumni organizations, fraternities, and sororities. If your chapter or local organization would like to become a fundraising partner or vendor, please send an email to suha.chapter@gmail.com for more details. Click here for more information.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MARYLAND

From 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will be celebrating “8TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION” at Walker Mill Regional Park located at 8840 Walker Mill Road in District Heights, Maryland 20747. For more information, call (301)446-3232. Save the Date! This is a FREE family event open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. This event is part of an ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
OBERLIN, OHIO

From 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday June 13, 2015 a community-wide tradition commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Will take place at the corner of Main Street and Lorain Street in Oberlin, Ohio 44074. Fun and games for all ages, including a parade, contests and tournaments, children's activities, as well as, music, food, and vendors. Call (440) 574-1394 for more information about this event. For this year's theme and activities, see www.juneteenthoberlin.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015
PUEBLO, COLORADO

The Juneteenth Organization of Pueblo, Inc.  is very excited for this year's celebration of “JUNETEENTH” taking place on June 13th, 2015. Mr. Robert Andrews will be their special guest for Juneteenth 2015 in Pueblo. Their location is 3000 Wedgewood Dr, Pueblo, Colorado 81005. The esteemed Pueblo Juneteenth ladies: the 2013-2014 Pueblo Juneteenth Queen and Junior Miss Juneteenth will complete the list of speakers for the 2015 event. Call (719)584-3714 for more information on this event.

Monday, June 15, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Monday, June 15, 2015 Praises @ the Pavilion will be taking place at the Lincoln Recreation Center's W.A. Tarrow Pavilion for an evening of praises through songs of gospel. Area spiritual groups, churches, soloists and praise teams will give musical renditions reflecting Juneteenth, a day of Jubilee and freedom. The W.A. Tarrow Pavilion is located at 1000 Eleanor Street, in College Station, Texas 77840. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 764-3779 for more information.

Monday, June 15, 2015
STURBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS

Old Sturbridge Village is taking a moment to recognize Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history from Monday, June 15th through Sunday, June 21st, 2015. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes. Old Sturbridge Village plays a vital role in preserving early American history and has been an iconic New England destination for nearly 70 years. Supporting the Village helps history come alive for more than 250,000 students, families, tourists, and scholars every year. Old Sturbridge Village is open daily from Open daily, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566. Call (800) 733-1830 for more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a Freedom Dinner for the Kathy Clay-Little Scholarship will take place at St. Philip’s College located at 1801Martin Luther King Drive in San Antonio Texas 78202. The guest speaker for this event is Justice Jason Pulliam, the Justice for the Fourth Court of Appeals in Bexar County. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

The City of College Station Texas will be recognizing the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth at the City of College Station, Lincoln Recreation Center located at 1000 Eleanor Street in College Station, Texas 77840. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 764-3779 for more information.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

At 9:00 A.M. a Freedom Walk to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Juneteeth will be taking place in College Station Texas. This is a 2.2 mile legacy walk to George Bush Library and Museum, observing the uniquely Texas Holiday, June 19, 1865, which commemorates an official jubilee and ending of slavery in Texas. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 764-3779 for more information.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

From 6:00 P.M. through 10:00 P.M. a “Freedom Fest” community wide festival for families and youth will take place at Wolf Pen Creek located at 1015 Colgate Drive in College Station, Texas 77845. There will be live music, dancing, food vendors, and plenty of FREE fun games for the entire family. 

Friday, June 19, 2015
DALLAS, TEXAS

From 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 The City of Dallas Texas will be hosting their Annual Juneteenth Event at The Martin Luther King Community Center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr.Boulevard in Dallas, Texas. Visitors are invited to enjoy the City’s Annual Juneteenth event. This free event will feature vendors, games, food, live music from local artists, and live radio broadcasts. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of when Texas slaves learned they had been emancipated back in 1865. This festival is an important event which brings the Dallas community together in an effort to commemorate this important moment in our nation’s history. Businesses who are interested in securing a booth at the event should contact LaRhonda Bacon at (214) 670-8419. For more information or to obtain event applications, please log on to www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board and staff host this annual event. This year’s sponsors include K104 FM, KRNB FM, TXU Energy, Dallas Weekly, The Dallas Examiner, The Dallas Morning News, Southern Dallas County Business & Living Magazine, Elite News, Access Unlocked, Capital One Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Reliant Energy, and Nestle.

Friday, June 19, 2015
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival is scheduled for Friday, June 19th through Sunday, June 21st and has always maintained the historical aspects of Juneteenth. There are several events that take place at Juneteenth that are considered historical to the festival. These include but are not limited to; a parade, fashion show, sporting games, dialogue on current issues, and red punch. Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival is a week-long event. On Thursday there’s a Juneteenth VIP Reception. The reception serves as the mechanism to preserve the history of Juneteenth in California. The reception is attended by many of Sacramento’s politicians and civil servants. The mayor and city council members, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus and other Senate and Assembly members attend. In addition to the weekend festivities, there’s a scholarship luncheon to award elementary school winners of the Juneeteenth Essay Contest. This event takes place at 3800 South Land Park Drive in Sacramento, California 95822.

Friday, June 19, 2015
DENVER, COLORADO

The 19th of June Community Celebration Committee will be hosting a “Juneteenth Music Festival”at the Five Points, Denver Neighborhoods from Friday, June 19th to Saturday, June 201th. This festival is a family fun, community event, set in Historic Five Points Neighborhood. The event is FREE. If you’re ever in Denver you should visit the Five Points Business District located at 2444 Washington St #100 in Denver, Colorado 80205 or online at fivepointsbiz.org. Call (303) 832-5000 for more information.

Friday, June 19, 2015
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

The Voice” Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 7th annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 20, at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park located at 3300 E Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock, Texas. Call (512) 218-5540 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

On Friday, June 19, 2015 the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon. Their theme for this year is: “BLACKS IN TECHNOLOGY: Bridging the Gap”. There will be a VIP NETWORKING RECEPTION starting at 11:00 A.M. with their LUNCH AND PROGRAM taking place from 11:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis located at 55 Fourth Street in San Francisco, California. Need more information? Click here for ticket prices and other information.

Friday, June 19, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

The San Antonio Juneteenth Association will host a “JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL” at Comanche Park #2 located at 2600 Rigsby Avenue in San Antonio Texas. This is event is FREE to attend and will feature The Zapp Band on Friday June 19th, 2015. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.

“ACCESS TO INFORMATION IS THE KEY TO FREEDOM.” Freedom in 1865 meant no more slavery. Today, that freedom includes education, economics, and social opportunities. Our children need to understand the importance of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) as the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery here in America. The ability to access and attain information is critical to one’s overall success which includes education and our daily living experiences.

Friday, June 19, 2015
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

From Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM (EDT) the 2015 Edition of the ESSENCE of JUNETEENTH: CELEBRATING the PAST PRESENT FUTURE: 150 Years Later will be hosted by NAHEMP: National Association of Hospitality Entertainment and Music Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia. For More information please call (404)671-0843 today!

Friday, June 19, 2015
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA

From 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. there will be “Juneteenth Celebration” celebrating the end of slavery in the United States taking place at Fountain Park – 300 East Main in Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731. There will be plenty of food and drinks, children’s activities: crafts, games, face painting, balloon twister, and bubbles for the entire family.

Friday, June 19, 2015
LA PORTE, TEXAS

At 6:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 there will be the “COMMUNITY REUNION” at the “Grand Opening” of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at N 4th and Tyler in La Porte, Texas in recognition of the “JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY”. For more information call Alvin Artis at (832)746-7642; Mary Gay at (281)474-3259; Charlie Perry at (713)398-8782; or Betty Gibson at (281)471-5875. Click here for additional events happening in the City of La Porte during June 2015.


Friday, June 19, 2015
CHANNELVIEW, TEXAS

From Friday, June 19th to Sunday, June 21st the Gulf Coast Blue Chip “13th Annual Juneteenth Shoot-Out” basketball tournament will be taking place. This is being billed as one of the most prestigious tournaments of the summer. The cost is $250.00 dollars per team (with a three game guarantee). The tournament will be taking place in Channelview Texas area gyms. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 28, 2015. Call (409)939-3430 for more information. Click here to visit their website. The Gulf Coast Blue Chips Youth Basketball Association was formed to provide its players an opportunity to compete at the highest level of basketball across the country. In striving to play at this level it is our hope that our players improve their basketball skills and have some fun. The members of this association try to reach a balance between being competitive in tournaments and teaching skills.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 the 6300 Germantown Avenue Business Alliance will be hosting their 2015 Juneteenth Festival. SCHEDULED EVENTS: 10:00 Libation Ceremony at First Protest Against Slavery Marker at Germantown Ave & Wister Streets followed by a Parade. There will be entertainment, a vendor marketplace and FREE family activities for children. Download the 2015 Juneteenth Exhibit Agreement 2015 or if interested, please call (215)844-4200; or click here to visit their website.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

From 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 The Alachua County Library District invites the community to celebrate 150 years of freedom and enjoy fellowship with neighbors and friends at the 8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. The venue for this event is: The Cone Park Library located at 2841 E University Avenue in Gainesville, FL 32641. For more information call (352) 334-3909; or click here to visit their website.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 P.M. the 1st Annual Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival will be taking place at Anacostia National Park located at 1900 Anacostia Drive South East in Washington, D.C. 20020. According to their website every child will walk away with a book. With the outcries of millions calling for improved conditions of black lives getting louder and louder and with the District's literacy and dropout rates bringing up the rear in national averages and the country playing the same role on an international scale, it seems most fitting that in the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is being honored with this international black book and cultural arts festival. This is the first happening of the annual event. With ringing endorsements from the likes of Dr. Cornel West and others, it looks like the event is set to make good on its primary objective: for every child to be handed a book of their very own. Click here for more information on this event. 
Friday, June 20, 2015
LA PORTE, TEXAS

The La Porte Community Civic Club will be hosting La Porte’s 34th Annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration. This event is taking place as part of the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery in Texas. This promises to be an old fashioned celebration appropriate for the entire family. The parade is planned for Saturday, June 20th starting at 10:00 A.M. at N. 4th and Main traveling on to Sylvan Beach Park. Immediately following the parade will be a fun filled day of music, dancing, beauty pageants, and games. And YES, there will be a FREE barbeque dinner complete with red soda, watermelon, and more at Sylvan Beach Park. For more information call Alvin Artis at (832)746-7642; Mary Gay at (281)474-3259; Charlie Perry at (713)398-8782; or Betty Gibson at (281)471-5875. Click here for additional events happening in the City of La Porte during June 2015.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
SALINA, KANSAS

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Robert Caldwell Plaza located at 300 W. Ash Street in Salina, KS 67401 a 2015 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION will take place. ABOUT THE ARTIST: David L. Hardman the son of Sandra and Ondra Hardman was born in Houston, Texas. Born in 1982, he is the oldest of three children. David was raised in the greater Houston area. While in middle school he found out he was dyslexic, and then was placed in special education courses. David then started to work even harder in school to prove he was normal and he didn't need special education courses to finish school. Several years later David graduated from Willowridge High School with a 3.67 GPA. He finished high school #77 out of 406 in his graduating class. Then after finding out he didn't have the money he needed to go to college out of state for the next year, he went to community college. After a year at Houston Community College David made a deal with his parents so he could go to school in Kansas. Four years later David graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he double majored in Art Studio Major with Concentration in sculpture; Visual Art Administration with concentration in Ceramics and minor in Business. He is now working at Kansas State University at Salina as an admissions representative, and is also an associate minster at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Salina, KS. The 2015 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION is sponsored in part by the City of Salina Community Relations, Salina Public Library, Salina Downtown, Salina NAACP, and Philips. For more information contact the Salina Juneteenth Celebration Committee at 1301 Indian Rock Lane in Salina, Kansas 67401. Or call (785)829-1508 for directions or other info.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

From 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. the Juneteenth Festival at Lindblom Festivals will be taking place. So stop by Lindblom Park to celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This event will include games, entertainment, face painting, swimming, and refreshments. Lindglom Park is located at 6054 S. Damen Avenue in Chicago, Illinois 60636. This is a free event open to all. Call (312) 747-6443 for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

The Springfield, Illinois Juneteenth Celebration is a two day event held every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of June. The celebration is held at Comer Cox Park located at South Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Springfield, Illinois 62703. The times each day are 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Activities include the annual kick-off parade down M.L.King Drive. Activities include the Marla Jean Hunter Memorial Basketball tournament, Double dutch contest and tennis clinic. Stage events include live Gospel and R&B performances, as well as praise dancers, Kareoke, and open stage. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA

From 10:00 P.M. to 11:30 A.M. there will be an “African American Monument Dedication” taking place at the corner of Dave Lyle Blvd, and Black Street. The City Hall Amphitheater is located at 144 East Black Street ​ in Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA

From 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. there will be a cookout, stage entertainment, children's activities and “JUNETEENTH” related education taking place at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church located at 339 W Black St, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731. Call (803) 329-2772 for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
CEDAR HILL, TEXAS

The Best Southwest cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster join together Saturday, June 20, 2015, to honor the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Activities include food, children's activities, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE. For additional event information visit cedarhillpard.wix.com/juneteenth. This event will take place at Valley Ridge Park located at 2850 Park Ridge Drive in Cedar Hill, Texas 75104.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

At 10:00 A.M. A Juneteenth Festival observing the June 19th 1865 proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas will be taking place at North Mississippi Regional Park located at 5114 North Mississippi Drive in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event celebrates the freedom for people of all racial backgrounds. For more information call (612)238-3733.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
LEXINGTON PARK, MARYLAND

From noon to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the “12th Annual Juneteenth African American Heritage Celebration” will take place in St. Mary’s County, Maryland located at John G. Lancaster Park 12550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
LEXINGTON PARK, MARYLAND

At 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the “5th Annual Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk to support the Juneteenth Festival & Three Oaks Homeless Shelter will take place. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 5K run/walk entirely within Lancaster Park, through the disc golf course and on the paved loop around the main park area. This is a USATF Certified course MD12011JS. John G. Lancaster Park 12550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Post-race refreshments. Awards to first overall male and female finishers, and top 3 males and females in the following age groups: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus. The FEE to participate in this event is $20.00 dollars. The FEE is $25.00 dollars if you register to participate on race day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
PITTSBURG, CALIFORNIA

At 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 and 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 21, 2015 the Grown Women Dance Collective will an event titled, Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Dance Celebration. This event honors African American musical artists that have died since the year 2000, but will inspire us for generations to come. Presented by Grown Women Dance Collective and Aspire Pilates Center, this event is a family-friendly, uplifting and inspiring evening of dance, music and American History. Tickets purchase in advance cost $26.00 dollars. Tickets at the door cost: $30 dollars. There’s also a $100.00 DONATE A TICKET TO A CHILD program. If you purchase a ticket at $100 an extra ticket will be donated to a low income child. The child receives a dance lesson, backstage theater tour, photos with dancers and more. Click here to purchase a ticket for Saturday, June 20th. Click here to purchase a ticket for Sunday, June 21st. For more information call (925)427-1611 between the hours of noon to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday through Friday. The California Theatre is located at: 351 Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg, California 94565. Crystal Watts is the manager of the California Theatre.

Monday, June 22, 2015
FAIR OAKS RANCH, TEXAS

A Golf Tournament will take place at 8:00 A.M. at the Fair Oaks Country Club located at 7900 Fair Oaks Parkway in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas 78015. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.

Monday, June 22, 2015
TOLEDO, OHIO

There’s going to be a “JUNETEENTH BLOCK PARTY” taking place at Powell’s Beauty Supply located at 901 Nebraska Avenue in Toledo, Ohio 43607 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. --This is a FREE event, open to the public and will take place on Miller St. between Nebraska Avenue and Tecumseh at Powell’s Beauty Supply, Toledo’s only African American owned Professional Beauty Supply. Need more info? Click here to visit their website. Call (419)243-7731 if you need additional information.



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