Last year spurred communities everywhere to pursue the work of better understanding and bringing equity. Juneteenth 2020 opened the eyes to many as to what this holiday was and the need to acknowledge it. Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Freedom Day, or Jubilee Day and recognizes the day in 1865 when Union army general Gordon Granger read the federal orders that proclaimed all the slaves in Texas were free. The Emancipation Proclamation had declared the end of slavery two years prior, however enforcement of this law was inconsistent.
St. Nicks Alliance reached out to community members to organize a Juneteenth 2021 celebration. More than seven members of St. Nicks Alliance’s board of directors volunteered their efforts. A committee member said, “This will be a very positive event that will span the emancipation of African Americans in the struggle for freedom and equality. It will be an experience for all people and one that expresses the hopes and aspirations of all people for freedom and equality.” Tune in on Juneteenth!
The event will take place virtually via live stream on St. Nicks Alliance YouTube (search St. Nicks Alliance on https://www.youtube.com) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/StNicksAlliance) at 6:30 p.m. on Juneteenth (aka June 19, 2021). Awards to the Business Person of the Year and for Student Achievement will also be presented at the event.