Juneteenth and Black Music Month Celebration is June 21, at Cone Park Branch

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June 6, 2014
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Nickie Kortus

The Alachua County Library District invites the community to celebrate history and enjoy fellowship with neighbors and friends at the 6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cone Park Branch Library, 2841A E. University Avenue. The Juneteenth and Black Music Month Celebration will bring the community together for a spirited community event with music, food, drinks and prizes.

This celebration shares the history of Juneteenth and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it became official on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that slaves were free. The Cone Park Branch works with The Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center, Partnership of Strong Families, local businesses and organizations to host the Juneteenth and Black Music Month Celebration. This community event helps to foster a better understanding of history, music and culture.

Performing artists include Africa 2000, the Lavern Porter Dancers, The Last of the Gunslingers, gospel group Marion Clark and New Vision, Fleetwood the Boss, Lanard Perry, jazz/R&B singer Quintina Crawford and others. 

One of the entertainment highlights is the “Juneteenth Idol.” Area students have auditioned for the opportunity to compete in this year’s “Juneteenth Idol” performances. This competition gives youth in the community the opportunity to showcase their talents.  Three finalists will perform in front of the Juneteenth crowd. First, second and third place prizes will be presented.

Additionally, other organizations and groups such as University of Florida (UF) HealthStreet, PACE Center for Girls, Music and Arts Program for Youth, Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office, City of Gainesville Bike and Pedestrian Program, UF Early Steps and others will have information available about their programs and opportunities for area youth. The Library District will sign kids, teens and adults up for its Summer Reading Program. All ages are welcome and small reading incentives, programs and prizes are part of the fun.

Local entertainers with support from these businesses and organizations make the Juneteenth Celebration possible – Partnership for Strong Families, Burger King, WUFT Channel 5, Job Corps, and others. 

For additional information, please contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, nkortus@aclib.us.

 

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).