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Councilman Charles Barron's office hosts special Juneteenth celebration

6/4/2013, 2:28 p.m.
Councilman Charles Barron's office hosts special Juneteenth celebration

On Friday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., the office of New York City Council Member Charles Barron will host its exciting annual Juneteenth celebration, where constituents, community residents and leaders and dignitaries will gather to celebrate the liberation of our enslaved African ancestors.

Juneteenth is an increasingly observed holiday when persons of African descent across the Diaspora celebrate and reflect upon Black freedom, liberation and achievement.

The topic of this year's event is "Pan-Africanism: The Way Forward." Ambassador Tete Antonio of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations will be the keynote speaker. Other guest presenters include Omowale Clay of the African Union's African Diaspora Taskforce. There will also be cultural drumming, dancing, poetry, a short film and more.

While the event is usually held at City Hall, due to construction the event has been relocated to Bethlehem Baptist Church at 1962-84 Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn (entrance on Vermont Street between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue).

For more information, contact Joy Simmons, chief of staff for Councilman Barron's office, at (718) 649-9495. All are welcome!