The Juneteenth Committee of Lakeland host its 29th Annual Cultural
Observance, Saturday, June 19, 2021, at The Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr., Lakeland, FL 33805. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors space ($25.00), available for 3-5PM. Virtual Program via Zoom 7:30-8:45PM E.T. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or comments.
JUNETEENTH Theme:"Honoring The Ancestors: None Are Free Until ALL Are Free."
Speaker Ms. Ashlee Wright
Ms. Wright currently serves as CEO of WOT, which founded New Beginnings High School (NBHS), in 2011.
The Reverend Eddie Lake, Senior Pastor, New Bethel AME Church, Lakeland, Florida.
Sponsors: The Lakeland Juneteenth Committee, Paul A.Diggs NA., Rose Heights Elks Lodge #318, New Bethel AME Church, Retired Judge Bob Doyel, Kristen Carson, The African American Chamber of Commerce Polk County, Inc., and The Bailey Family. Supporters: Save Our Youth Organization, Florida Health Department, Lakeland Medical Health Center, etc ...
JUNETEENTH Theme: "Honoring The Ancestors: None of Free Until ALL Are Free."
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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Later attempts to explain this two and a half years delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status.
Lakeland Juneteenth Observance, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Two Polk County Fathers will be recognized.