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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which became official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
This year marks the 37th year of Buffalo's Juneteenth Celebration, the theme of which is "Breaking The Invisible Chains." The People's Station 93.7 WBLK is proud to celebrate African American independence.
2012 Juneteenth Activities
Juneteenth Festival, Inc.
AKA Juneteenth of Buffalo
P.O. Box 412 Ellicott Station Buffalo, New York 14205
Headquarters: 1517 Genesee Street, Buffalo, New York 14211
Breaking the Invisible Chains
Event: 37th Consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo
Date: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday June 17th, 2012
Place: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Mark your calendars now!!! Don’t miss out!!!
Saturday Schedule: June 16th
Praise & Worship 9:00 a.m. – 11:00
Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp from the corners of Genesee & Wende
proceeds down Genesee into MLK Park.
Followed by Festivities in Park until 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: June 16th & 17th:
The Art Chalk Walk:
Saturday, June 16th: Girls Basketball Showcase.
Sunday, June 17th: Girls and Boys Basketball Showcase.
Sunday Schedule: June 17th
Praise & Worship 9:00 a.m. – 12:00noon
Followed by festivities in the park until 8:00 p.m.
*Festivities include: Entertainment stage, Arts and Culture stage, Vendor’s Market, Food Court, Health Pavilion, Healing tent, Family Portrait Booth, Book Fair, Historical exhibits, Re-enacting historical events in history, Children’s Activities, Girls & Boys Basketball Showcase, Youth Activities, Underground Railroad Tours and more!
Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend for the entire family! The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY is the third largest in the country. Its mission is to “actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole.”
Pre - Festival Events
Saturday, June 9th: “GiT On Da Bus” Juneteenth Festival Headquarters – 1517 Genesee St.
Meet at 3:30 p.m. Bus leaves at 4:00 p.m. Returns 7:00 p.m.
A journey to many important sites in the city with storytelling at each site.
Sponsor by theTradition Keepers. For more information call 716-883-4418
Saturday, June 9th : Youth Activities: June – Teen Talk Forum: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
@ the Buffalo Museum of Science. For more information call 716-891-8801.
Friday, June 15th: Prayer, Praise, and Worship: at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fillmore Street (In front of the Martin L. King Jr. Bust)
Go Back, Fetch and Return
Focus: Saying No To Slavery: Now and Forever
Saturday, June 9th: Say No To Slavery
6:00-8 p.m. at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan
Remembering our Ancestors and Receiving the Message From Our Elders
Sunday, June 10th:
RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (Film) presented by Donisha Prendergast
Granddaughter of the King of Reggae Bob Marley and Rita Marley
from 6–8:30 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
Monday, June 11th: Free and Progressive Africa in the 21st Century
6:00-8 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue
Africans in Buffalo, give their view on history of various African Nations. Find out what’s going on now in Africa and how it connects with America.
Tuesday, June 12th: Cultural Open Mic Night 6:30-9 p.m. Second Cup Café, 36 Broadway Liberation lyrics, poetry, spoken word and expressions of freedom
Wednesday, June 13th: Black Social Workers 6:00 – 8 p.m.
Gateway Longview Family Recourse Center, 3475 E. Ferry Street.
Presenting: The New Jim Crow – people not understanding the law and social system.
Thursday, June 14th: Jamaican American Association 6:00 – 8 p.m.
Jamaica 50th Anniversary of Independence, History of Jamaica
African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue
Friday, June 15th: MAAFA: 6:00 – 8 p.m. Juneteenth Headquarters ,1517 Genesee Street
to Dusk, then assembly at Broderick park “foot of Ferry” for MAAFA (memorial and healing ceremony for our ancestors who were affected by the slave trade and the upheaval of pre-colonial African society).
Friday, June 15th: Juneteenth Social 8:30 – 10 p.m. At the Big 6, corner of Fox and E. North
A meet and greet of local and out-of-town participants of Juneteenth Festival.
For more information contact Ras Jomo at 716-948-5738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 June – Teen Activity Schedule
June 9: Saturday: June – Teen Talk Forum: Diva’s for Christ/Teen Girl Motivational Workshop 11 – 1:00 p.m. @ the Buffalo Museum of Science (Yager Room).
For more information call 716-891-8801.
June 9: Saturday: Hands on Science Workshop: 11 – 1:00 p.m. @ the Buffalo Science Museum (Cummings Room)
June 9: Saturday: Job Readiness Skills: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. @ the Buffalo Science Museum
June 10: Sunday: The New Generation/Global Workshop – 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. @ the
Buffalo Museum of Science (Cummings Room)
June 10: Sunday – Youth Activities: Teen Talk Forum @ the Buffalo Science Museum (Cummings Room)
June 16 & 17: Sunday and Saturday: Youth Adventure: 11:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Behind the Casino @ MLK Park
June 17th: Sunday: June-Teen: Live play at 2:00 p.m.
Talent Show from 4:00 p.m. 6:00 pm: Location: back of the Museum of Science.
- Photo opportunity –
SCHEDULE OF OTHER ACTIVITES IN THE PARK
MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
June 16th, Saturday: 2:00 – 2:45pm - Kenny Berry; 3:00 – 4:00pm - The Intruders;
4:15 – 5:15 pm – Rey Scott; 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Juanita Simmons; 6:45 – 8:00 pm – Will Holton
June 17th, Sunday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Kissena; 2:15 – 3:30 pm – Larry Salter’s Big Band;
3:45 – 5:00 pm Al Ferguson; 5:15 – 6:15 pm Old School B-Boys;
6:30 – 7:00 - New Beginnings; Unity Band 7:15 – 8:00 Finale.
Underground Railroad Tours - June 16th , Saturday/ June 17th, Sunday
Time: 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore
Sponsor: Juneteenth Festival Inc.
Health Fair - June 16th and June 17th: - Time: 12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm
Location: Vendors alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive
Children’s Activity Tent: June 16th & 17th Time: 1:00 PM to 6::00 PM.
Location: Tennis Courts.
Book Fair: June 16th and 17th Time: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust on Fillmore Street.
Arts & Culture Stage: June 16th & 17th at Fillmore and Parade Streets
Heritage Tent: June 16th and June 17th Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Times: from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Family Photos: Saturday, June 16th Time: 1:00 - 6:00 pm /Sunday, June 17th 1:00 -6:00 pm Location: Fillmore Street. Sponsor: Locust Street Art Program
African Drum and Dance: Sunday, June 17th
Time: Drum Class - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Dance Class from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Location: Near Tennis Courts