Virtual Juneteenth Celebration Today At 4:00 PM

Town of Amherst Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth 2020

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Channel 12 AmherstMedia
http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/1?channel=1

Schedule of Events

Reading of the Juneteenth Proclamation:  Read by Town Counselors 

Lift Every Voice and Sing:  Performed by Serita Whitney 

Bell Ringing Ceremony: Town Facilities Department  

Historical Look at African Americans in Amherst:  Provided by Cynthia Harbeson, Jones Library Archivist

Juneteenth Reparations Webinars:  Min. Ari Merretazon, Representative of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA)

Discussion:  Amherst Author Sandy Darity and Kirsten Mullen discuss their newly published book “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century” 

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