Juneteenth 2019

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Date/Time Date(s) - Saturday, June 15, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

MLK Park


This Saturday, June 15th, the Juneteenth Parade will take place and PUSH Buffalo will once again show the strength and diversity of the African diaspora and the continued fight for Black Liberation in the US. RSVP to Levi at levi@pushbuffalo.org to march with us!



Additional Info: Please arrive at Genesee and Moselle Street no later than 10am on Saturday, June 15th. If you’d like a PUSH t-shirt or hoodie, bring $10-15. There will be a potluck picnic immediately following. Bring a dish to pass or non-alcoholic drink to share. Children and youth are our future, they are always welcome!



Historical Context: Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Its name is a blend of “June” and “nineteenth”, the date of its celebration.



Buffalo History of Juneteenth: The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo was started in 1976 by B.U.I.L.D., a community-based organization, as a culturally relevant alternative to the country’s Bicentennial Celebration. The group blocked off part of Jefferson Avenue — the “Main Street” of Buffalo’s Black community — for a weekend celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares — entertainment and festivity were abundant. After several years, the Juneteenth Festival outgrew Jefferson Avenue. It is now held in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue. Juneteenth Festival Inc. received 501(c) (3) status in 1985. In 2000, the name of the organization was changed to Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc. to reflect its broader mission. This is the third largest celebration in the world.



For more information on Juneteenth of Buffalo 2019, please visit www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com.