Juneteenth Celebrations scheduled in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/18/10

Juneteenth Celebrations scheduled in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Looking back 30 years at honored men and women, within the Lubbock community, is one of many events happening this year for Juneteenth. Tonya Johnson, with the Juneteenth committee, says they had to cut back this year due to lack of funds.

Johnson says a couple of events are starting Friday, which includes a celebration at the Lubbock State School. This occasion will involve a parade, prizes, and storytelling.

Friday evening at 7 p.m., the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will be hosting the Man & Woman of the Year Award's celebration. This year they will be looking back 30 years of those honored and recognized.

Events on Saturday will start with the traditional breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Mae Simmons Community Center. Following the breakfast will be a 10 a.m. parade along Broadway. At noon they will have a free barbeque lunch at Mae Simmons, and ending with a 6 p.m. banquet at Cathy's Downtown.

The banquet will host two keynote speakers, Dr. Karen Garza, LISD Superintendent, and Houston attorney Gary Alfred. For ticket information, you can contact Johnson at (806) 283-2990 tickets are $25.

Juneteenth is a daylong celebration that commemorates the announcement of when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1865 in Texas.

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