PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s Legacy Commons for Active Seniors will host its third annual Juneteeth Celebration entitled “A New Season in Life” this Thursday.
The celebration will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 16 at Legacy Commons, located at 930 East Avenue Q-9 in Palmdale. This event is free and open to the public.
The emcee will be Sherry Williams. Opening remarks will be made by Ruth Knight, followed by an opening prayer by Lemozine Riddick, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Negro National Anthem and a history of Juneteenth by Kathryn White.
Also featured will be a recognition of the Red Hatters, Legacy Commons Line Dancers, the reading of poems by Stella Hogan and Bruce Robinson and the grand finale of “Reach Out and Touch.” Refreshments will be served.
The program was put together by the Legacy Commons Black History Month Committee of Darlene Addison, Delois Cade, Dorothy Carter, Charlene Coney, Bill Gates, Denise Gregg, Vanessa Hall, Gail Harris, Deborah Herron, Stella Hogan, Brenda Johnson, Ruth Knight, Barbara Malone, Lemozine Riddick, Bruce Robertson, Bettyann Smith, Valerie Smith, Harry Ward, Kathryn White, Sherry Williams and Marilyn Young.
Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of the words June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.
For more information on the Legacy Commons Juneteenth celebration, contact Jennifer Tallakson at 661-267-5904.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]