Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865, and more generally, the emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States.
Come to these great celebrations!
BlackRock Center for the Arts, June 17, 6 PM
This year’s celebration will include Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger reading the Emancipation Proclamation, the Montgomery County NAACP’s ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) award-winning student performing artists and the music of New Orleans musician Alan Green. Admission is free and traditional Juneteenth refreshments will be served.
MCPL will host, "Community Cornerstones," a film produced by Heritage Montgomery about African American Settlements and Churches in Montgomery County. Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, forty African American churches were founded in Montgomery County. In these cornerstones of their communities, generations of black families created their own spiritual, social and educational opportunities. This one-hour documentary of memories by elders from a select group of historic African American churches explains how these communities evolved through segregation and conveys their pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors.
Germantown Library, June 19, 7 PM
This film will be followed by a panel discussion with Peggy Erickson, past president of Heritage Montgomery, the film's producer, Barbara Grunbaum, and Gwen Reese, a community member in the film. Pre-register online or call the library at 240-777-0110.
Poolesville Library, June 25, 7 PM
This film will be followed by a panel discussion with Peggy Erickson, past president of Heritage Montgomery, the film's producer, Barbara Grunbaum, and Gwen Reese, a community member in the film.