Join the Arlington Young Democrats and Arlington Dems for a Juneteenth Celebration of Black Art & Culture on Friday, June 19th at 6 pm. Now more than ever it’s important to celebrate and lift up voices in the Black community. The first section will feature speakers such as Delegate Joshua Cole and author Tope Folarin and the latter portion will consist of an open mic as well as a guided discussion. If you would like to participate in the open mic portion, please contact our secretary, Maya Jones, by Thursday EOD by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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History behind Juneteenth:
“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of 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.” (https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.)