CORAL SPRINGS, FL –  Since the late 1800s, African-Americans have celebrated Juneteenth, an annual event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

But this year, following nationwide protests over police brutality in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other African-Americans, more communities are honoring the day that celebrates freedom.

This Friday, City of Coral Springs will host a virtual celebration with performances, literature, spoken word, guest speakers, and a message from the Coral Springs City Commission.

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Commissioner Joshua Simmons said in a news release: “The end of slavery has a deep layered meaning in American history. We cannot deny our nation’s past, rather we must ensure younger generations are educated and aware of our history…As our city’s first African-American commissioner, I am proud to host our inaugural Juneteenth celebration, a tradition I look forward to continuing, as we work to create the kind of country we want for future generations.”

Background on Juneteenth: On June 19, 1865, thousands of enslaved men, women, and children of Galveston, Texas were liberated, two and a half years after President Lincoln had already signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event will be shown at 3 pm on CityTV. Here's the link.

See the photo above for the event's program.

 

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