150th Juneteenth Anniversary Celebration in Fort Worth, Texas

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 — Juneteenth remembers when the slaves in Texas finally were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln.  The historical significance affects not only African Americans in Texas, but also the many others who have stood for racial injustice nationally and around the world.  

150th Juneteenth Anniversary Celebration is a culturally diverse experience that impacts a multi-cultural audience. The annual attendance for the Fort Worth events are recorded at more than 20,000 including participants, vendors, and spectators. Juneteenth weekend (June 19-21) activities include a Breakfast of Prayer Ecumenical Service, Miss Juneteenth Pageant, Parade, and a 5K Walk/Run. The highlight of the weekend is the Outdoor Festival at Cobb Park with children’s area and contests, food vendors, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and live Hip Hop and R&B/Jazz concerts with performances by national recording jazz band Taylor Pace, the Ultrasound Band and local musical sensation Madelyn Brené accompanied by Live-Band Soulful Soundz.

The cost to attend most events is free and will take place throughout the city of Fort Worth at Cobb Park, Grand Theatre, Juneteenth Museum, and Baker Chapel AME Church. 

Key Community Leaders Involved: Congressman Marc Veasey, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, State Representatives Nicole Collier and Ramon Romero, City Council Members Gyna Bivens and Kelly Allen Gray.

Confirmed media partner is K104/Smooth R&B KRNB105.7, 

Public Relation Agencies of Record are Achieve PR and Limequest Agency.

Confirmed sponsors are: BNSF Railway, Wells Fargo Bank, North Texas Tollway Authority, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Foodland Markets, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarkets, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Carter Bloodcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, UNT Health Science Center, Hour Movement, Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics, Tarrant Regional Water District, Ethel Ransom Cultural Club, Fort Worth Police Department, Tarrant County Resource Connection Center, and Rich Dad Education.

 To register for the parade, the gospelfest competition, or participate as a vendor, visit the website at www.juneteenthftw.com or contact the event consultant, La’Wonda Peoples @ 817-689-4344.

Event Schedule:

June 19
B
reakfast of Prayer - 9:00am

City of Fort Worth
Commemorative Celebration - 12noon

June 20
5K/1 Mile Run/Walk - 8:00am
Parade - 9:00am
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - 9:00am
Festival in Cobb Park

June 21
African American Film Festival - 11am

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