Councilman Dee Andrews host the Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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juneteenth-celebration Councilman Dee Andrews Martin Luther King Jr. ParkSixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with the Long Beach Ministers Alliance, Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Weed & Seed Program, and the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach is hosting the Annual Juneteenth Celebration, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue, from 10:00 am  – 2:00 pm, on Saturday, June 19th.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th 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 was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the 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. “I am calling out to all my neighbors to join me for this community celebration in honor of our freedom. Let this celebration remind us that together we can overcome any obstacle,” said Councilman Dee Andrews.

This year’s theme is “Let the Children Sing,” a tribute to our community’s inspirational youth, with entertaining performances by local youth choirs and youth entertainers.  The main stage entertainment is hosted by the Long Beach Ministers Alliance. “It is such a joy to be a part of this annual community event and we hope to assist in helping it flourish for years to come”, said Pastor Wayne Chaney, President of the Ministers Alliance.

Included at this year’s event is the Annual 6th District Domino Tournament with great prizes and a good ole fashion community BB-Q, with free food for the youth provided and prepared by the Long Beach Fire Fighters Local 372 and the Long Beach Police Officers Association.

As a reminder, the celebration is an open-air festival, so bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. There will be live musical performances, free barbeque and a Health Pavilion, sponsored by St. Mary Medical Center, which includes free various health screenings. Kids can enjoy a spectacular children’s area with water games, jumpers and much more. There’s something for everyone at this year’s Juneteenth celebration!

For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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