Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June 16: Juneteenth

On Friday, June 16, St. Cloud celebrated Juneteenth. The celebration is in commemoration of the anniversary of freed black slaves in Texas who discovered two years after the Emancipation Proclamation between June 13 and June 19 of 1865 that they were free. The event was sponsored by the African American Male Forum of St. Cloud, in conjunction with the SCSU Ethnic Studies Department and SCSU Multicultural Students Services, N.A.P.S., N.A.A.C.P. and NuWay Baptist Church. There was an old-fashioned cookout and grilling, games and other recreational activities for kids, and African-American and African arts and crafts.

I went in hopes of learning about this history, but also hoping that I would meet Somali community members to talk to about my project. Unfortunately, there were no Somalis and heavy rains put a damper on the events.

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