Juneteenth Community Celebration

Juneteenth Community Celebration
Posted on 06/09/2021
Cornbread book series mascot (author Vincent Taylor)Juneteenth is a time for celebration. It commemorates an important day in American history: June 19, 1865, the day the last slaves, living in Galveston, Texas, were freed.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862 by President Lincoln, the information did not reach all of those impacted until two-and-a-half years later.

Over the years, Juneteenth has become a time of social gatherings. Locally, for the past five years, the Rosalyn Walton Education and Enrichment Services, has put on a Juneteenth Celebration, tied to reading.

This year, the festivities are taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at two locations:



Friday, June 18 

Juneteenth Reading Conference
8 AM to Noon
Ward’s Temple AME Church/Adams Young Family Life Center
1017 5th Street West Bradenton 34205

Hip-Hop Rhythmic Reading With Author Vincent Taylor & Cornbread
1 to 2:30 PM
13th Avenue Dream Center
922 24th Street East, Bradenton 34208

Saturday, June 19

Juneteenth Community Festival
1 to 5 PM Ward’s Temple AME Church/Adams Young Family Life Center
1017 5th Street West
Bradenton 34205

Sunday, June 20

 
Ecumenical Father’s Day Service 3 PM
Ward’s Temple AME Church/Adams Young Family Life Center 1017 5th Street West Bradenton 34205


Hear firsthand why event organizers, Dr. Sharon Jefferson and JoOni Jones, have continued to make reading a central part of the Juneteenth celebration and why they'd like you to attend the Community Festival on Saturday, June 19.