Thursday, June 16, 2011

Juneteenth in New Jersey

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth” originated on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger delivered the news that the Civil War ended and that slaves were now free. But the news arrived two-and-a-half years after the Jan. 1, 1863, Emancipation Proclamation, which announced the freedom of the nation’s slaves.

“The inhabitants of Galveston, Texas, were still being held in bondage, and they received this news with a great celebration,” Brown stated in the release. “This event has now become a national day of celebration and remembrance of our suffering, revelry in our accomplishments and plan for our future, all in an atmosphere of joy, fun and jubilation.”

Juneteenth Urban Arts Festival at Brookdale Community College
Brookdale, The County College of Monmouth
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738-1543
Telephone 732-224-2345

June 7 – June 18, 2011

A platform for theatre people, filmmakers and writers to share their work with a community of fellow artists and patrons eager to discover original stories from unexpected African American voices.

Plays, films and literature all have a place, but the artists themselves will be celebrated above all else. Starting Tuesday, June 7th, hundreds of theatre, film and literature patrons will gather in our Long Branch venue to share what is truly a communal experience. Learn more about Juneteenth, An African American Celebration!

Signature Event: The World Premiere Of Bronzeville Gold
A new play by Anetria Cole, directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr.
Bronzeville Gold, set in 1933 Chicago, is a powerful African American family saga, that revolves around a “gambling numbers wheel”, and a young Mississippi newcomer, as he and the entire African American community, chase the ever elusive American dream.

Where: Long Branch Higher Education Center, 213 Broadway at Third Ave, 732-224-2315.
Prices: Tickets are $15 General Admission; $12 Seniors (62+); $9 for BCC students with valid ID

Juneteenth Celebration"- Leonia NJ

June 18, 2011 at 10:00am–6:00pm
Fort Lee Rd & Station Pkwy, Leonia, NJ
Celebrating freedom and unity and promoting the history and culture of African Americans will take center stage at the “Juneteenth” event Saturday at Overpeck Park in Leonia.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine), visitors to the “Great Lawn” portion of the park will be treated to free entertainment that includes artistic performances, historical and cultural displays, speeches from government officials and a concert.

There will be activities for children, such as face-painting and pony rides, and various vendors will be selling jewelry and food. In the afternoon, attendees can take one of two guided bus tours to Gethsemane Cemetery, which is an African-American burial ground in Little Ferry.

Leading the bus tours will be Bergen County historian Arnold Brown, of Englewood, who is co-chairing the Juneteenth Celebration with Teaneck resident Theodora Lacey.

Englewood New Jersey- Juneteenth Celebrations
Jabari Society of Bergen County
The International Association of Black Professional Firefighters

Juneteenth Carnival- June 16-19, 4-8pm, Mackay Park130 W. Englewood Ave

Dinner Dance, Saturday, June 18, 2011, Hasbrouck Heights Hilton ($60)

Juneteenth Parade on June 19, 2011.
Palisades& Tenafly Road

Theme: “We Stand On the Shoulders Of Our Ancestors”

Juneteenth Festival
Mackay park
Elizabeth, New Jersey- Juneteenth Parade June 19, 2011
Float parade featuring PAUL MOONEY, DEBORAH GREGORY &
Starting point New Point Road and Elizabeth to Broad Street
ending at Elizabeth City Hall
Call 908-451-1460 for more information


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