Celebrate Juneteenth This Weekend

The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth-KingFest Celebration Parade & Street Fair Saturday, June 18, in Harlem starting at 11:30 a.m.

The parade will start at 116th Street between Lenox Avenue and 5th Avenue.

The Juneteenth holiday is Sunday, June 19, and it commemorates the official end of slavery in 1865. Slaves in Texas had not received word that they were free until two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. There are several theories as to why the slaves in Texas got the news so late.

Call Elbert Shamisid-Deen or Ade Rasul at 212-662-2200/01 for more information on the parade and festival.

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