Vancouver NAACP to host Juneteenth event Saturday

first_imgWhat: Vancouver’s Juneteenth celebration, the oldest known celebration of black freedom and the end of slavery, begun in Galveston, Texas. Vancouver’s event will feature speeches and poetry readings, music and food vendors.When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Where: Marine Park, Southeast Columbia Way and Marine Park Way (near the Water Resources Education Center).Information: Marva Edwards, 360-909-7688, or http://www.naacpvanc.org.The local branch of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization is getting reorganized and raising its profile in Vancouver, says Marva Edwards, president of the local NAACP.The effort begins Saturday with a public celebration of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. People will gather in the afternoon at Marine Park for historical talks, poetry readings, music and more. You’re welcome to bring a picnic, but food vendors will on hand, too.Juneteenth is the oldest annual celebration of black freedom and the end of slavery in America. “It’s when news reached the slaves in Texas that the war was over and they were really free,” Edwards said. “It was their freedom day, so it’s our freedom day, too.”President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the Confederacy in 1862 as a wartime contingency through the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution permanently banned slavery throughout the nation in early 1865 (as recently portrayed in the movie “Lincoln”) — but Texas still refused to comply, even after the war officially ended in April.last_img read more

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