Title: Juneteenth Celebration in Chandler
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler
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Description: South Chandler Self Help Foundation hosts Juneteenth Celebration
Bogle Theater at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler
June 15, 2012 at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Admission is FREE to the public.
This year the celebration will feature dance performances by Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk, Ballet Etudes, Flamenco del Sol, and many more.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
The celebrations that followed the reading of the proclamation by General Gordon Granger began a tradition that has lasted for one hundred and forty four years, and today is hosted in cities across America and beyond.
Start Time: 7:00pm
End Time: 9:00pm