Community Picnic and BBQ for Juneteenth
06/19/2017 05:00 PM
@ Crescent Creek Park
3301 96th St NW
Gig Harbor, WA
Join friends and neighbors from our community as we gather to celebrate our nation’s ideals of social justice and equal rights for all, and to affirm our commitment to the ongoing struggle to make those ideals a reality.
We’ll share some thoughts about the meaning of the “Juneteenth” anniversary—and why it is important for all communities to come together in honor of it. We’ll learn and sing together some songs from the African-American tradition, and enjoy good food and fellowship.
This is a potluck. Please bring something to drink and a dish to share (an entrée, salad, chips, side-dish or dessert)—and something to grill, if you’d like. We’ll supply plates, cups, plastic-ware utensils, charcoal, and tubs of ice for drinks.
Sorry: no alcohol or dogs allowed in the park!
What is Juneteenth?
The Juneteenth holiday celebrates June 19, 1865, when news of the Union victory finally reached those slaves in Texas who were the last to learn they had been emancipated. It is an occasion to celebrate our ideals of liberty—and our ongoing struggles for civil rights.
In the words of one celebrant, Juneteenth is “a public counter-demonstration” and “joyful retort to messages of overt racism,” an affirmation of “American ideals in a potent life-giving event.”
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