Black National Anthem - Janice Smith
Welcome Mayor Breed
in the Juneteenth Father’s Day Festival on June 18th
Still I rise - I believe in us
The observance of Juneteenth is about the voyage and achievement of African Americans - from a horrendous period of sanctioned enslavement to the pinnacle of human endeavors. June 19, 1865 was the day word reached the enslaved in Galveston, Texas that their emancipation was made formal, although it had been so since January 1, 1863. Soberly, 156 years later Juneteenth approaches amidst our untiring advocacy against racial injustice and police brutality, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others. But ours is a story of strength, pride, resilience and victories and we will overcome all difficulties in our path and continue to permanently be of historical and spiritual prominence!