Juneteenth Day 2013
**Celebrating not Stereotyping**
We can safely say Juneteenth day in Milwaukee is a safe event that is not mired in shootings, muggings, and gang activities. It is time to promote and celebrate the 42nd annual celebration of Juneteenth day in Milwaukee. It is time to retake our holiday back and let go of the stereotypes that keep us from attending Juneteenth day. Just like all major events and festivals in the city, we too are not immune of these things. There will be a few incidents. This does not mean we don’t honor our legacy and support our tradition. We do not let the evil win. I’m going!! So should you! Most of the hype of Juneteenth day was due to neglectful and racist reporting anyway.
Wisconsin celebrates this historic day by honoring Juneteenth as a statewide holiday. Milwaukee has one of the largest celebrations nationwide and is among the longest running events to recognize this important moment in history. In 2013, we will mark this celebration by commemorating two defining moments in Black and American history – the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.
We have guest groups coming in to celebrate with us. We appreciate people coming into our community investing financially into the community and our economy to share in this historic occasion. Welcome!!
For those unaware of the Significance of Juneteenth Day…
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the last slaves in America received official notification of their freedom. This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
It was a day greeted by singing, dancing and praying. And, that’s why more than 200 cities across America sponsor celebrations, some lasting for an entire week culminating on June 19.
This free event kicks off with a grand parade at 9 a.m. on King Drive, between Burleigh and Center Streets. It closes at 6 p.m.
There is live entertainment on the Miller Lite Main Stage and other smaller stages. There will be some great foods representing different ethnic styles; soul food, African delicacies, New Orleans, Rasta , all for your sampling.
There will be dancing African dance groups to current dance troupes and many music groups and choirs. Miss Juneteenth will be on hand to meet the kids. Of course there will be other festival favorites like face painting and family friendly activities. My favorite, meeting my elders and listening to them share and pass the wisdom and getting my Black soul t-shirts!!
See you there! I will be the one with the WW shirt on.
Wheel Chair accessible.
For more information: (414) 372-3770.
Special thanks to Norma J Balentine and the Safe & Sound Initiative for their dedication to youth and making sure their talents and gifts will be recognized on Juneteenth Day.
To read more about the history of Juneteenth, visit http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.