Juneteenth parde in Harlem Credit: Bill Moore photo

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 and Street Fair on Saturday, June 15, in Harlem starting at 11 a.m.

Festivities will start at 116th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

The Juneteenth holiday is Tuesday, June 19, and commemorates the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned they were free. Slavery in the states in rebellion against the United States had been outlawed two and half years earlier by the Emancipation Proclamation, but the proclamation had no real effect until the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Call 212-662-2200/01 or email msmosque@aol.com for more information on the parade and festival.