Enjoy soul food and live music at the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration, June 17
by Michelle Saport |
UAA Student Activities presents the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration, an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Celebrate with soul food (provided by Seawolf Dining & Catering) and live entertainment from The Rebel Blues Band and 2013 "American Idol" contestant Adriana Latonio.
Food is free for UAA students (with valid ID from spring or summer semesters), $8 for UAA staff/faculty and $10 for the general public. Cash only-come prepared.
The history of Juneteenth: "Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops rode into Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3 on June 19, 1865 (almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation). Juneteenth celebrations are held in most, if not all, 50 states. Over half of the states now have some form of legislation or declaration establishing Juneteenth as a holiday or 'special day of recognition.'" -Juneteenth.com