We wish to thank all the artists, contributors, volunteers, and participants of our 2021 31st Pomona Valley Juneteenth Freedom Day Jazz. We had a great time with live music and entertainment.
Please make a donation of at least $20. If we can get 2,000 people to give at least $20 then J.E.T.M.A.C I.N.C will be able to continue hosting both of our community driven, celebratory events. Hundreds of people young and old, of all colors each year will learn Juneteenth's genesis, and historical and contemporary relevance. And, continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our MLK Unity Breakfast.
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Saturday, June 18, 2022 - Juneteenth celebrates the day African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. "June 19, 1865" is when freedom was completed.
Monday, January 16, 2023 - Celebrating the life, struggle, and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream for equality, justice, & freedom for all.
Juneteenth is a federally recognized holiday that is a celebration to mark the date some of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy who became free. It is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in June.
It originated in Galveston, Texas where slavery ended last. Slaves became aware that they were free when Union General Granger led a troop that had taken control of Texas arrived, stood on the balcony of a mansion and read the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing the liberties of the enslaved. The Proclamation had gone into effect January 1, 1863 but the news didn't reach the last of the enslaved in Texas until June 19, 1865. Texas' isolation from the rest of the country and remote landscape kept Union soldiers from enforcing the message as quickly there as they had been able to elsewhere.
Congratulations on the new Federal Holiday - National Juneteenth Freedom Day! We did it, 30 years of perseverance and commitment to the cause. Thank you to the grass roots movers who worked on the trail to this great accomplishment. On June 17, 2021 - President Biden signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth — the celebration to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States — as a federal holiday. Federal employees will observe the holiday for the first time on Friday.
(Juneteenth America, Inc., Founders - Trudy Coleman-Hailey and John Thompson Sr.,) THE LATE Dr. Ronald Myers, Founder of National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, both organizations jointly started the Juneteenth Movement.
ENSHRINEMENT OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE
JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY OBSERVANCE
CELEBRATED THROUGH THE ANNUAL
POMONA VALLEY FAMILY JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS
SENATE BILL. NO. 812
(ORIGINAL SENATE BILL NO. 1749, SIGNED BY GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS)
"THE GOVERNOR SHALL PROCLAIM THE THIRD SATURDAY IN JUNE OF
EACH YEAR AS “JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY: A DAY OF
OBSERVANCE, TO URGE ALL CALIFORNIANS IN CELEBRATING THIS DAY
TO HONOR AND REFLECT ON THE SIGNIFICANT ROLES THAT AFRICAN
AMERICANS HAVE PLAYED IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
AND HOW AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE ENRICHED SOCIETY THROUGH
THEIR STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO PROMOTING FREEDOM,
BROTHERHOOD, AND EQUALITY.”
DEDICATED JUNE 19TH, 2006:
CITY OF POMONA AND JUNETEENTH AMERICA, INC.
JUNETEENTH AMERICA, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOHN H. THOMPSON, SR. TRUDY COLEMAN ARIES ROUTHEENI
SOLOMON GABRIEL LESLIE N. FOUNTAIN
“IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE OURSELVES, WE NEED TO SEE
OURSELVES CELEBRATED.” - RANDALL ROBINSON.
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