Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of abolishing slavery in Texas. It’s also called Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. The holiday is truly about the “emancipation of Negro slaves throughout the Confederate South.”

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) of Alabama is more than 20 years old. According to a press release, the “organization worked hard to make sure the state recognized the Juneteenth holiday. Now the NJOF works to make Juneteenth a National paid holiday.”

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The Free Annual National Juneteenth Festival with the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama will be on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at historic Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

The event will kick off with a parade at 9 am. Then followed by a community celebration at Kelly Ingram Park at 10:30 am, where you can enjoy food, music, vendors, entertainment, and more.

Kelly Ingram Park is located in the Birmingham Civil Rights District and steps away from the 16th Street Baptist Church. Many locals recount stories about this park and its foundation for demonstrations and gatherings during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Brenda Paige Ward, Alabama Director of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama, said that “We love celebrating our culture and educating people about our history! This has been such an awesome event for many years. Our 2021 festival promises to be bigger and better.”

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama demonstrates great pride in advancing programs and initiatives about Juneteenth. Such as the Juneteenth holiday and observance, education initiative, medical outreach, arts, letters, and community service.

(Source) Click here for more information about the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama.

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