It's an annual celebration - a time to embrace equal rights and freedom for all. Juneteenth 2013 is a time of reflection.
The unified Juneteenth Commission here in Lubbock is working to coordinate five days of fun and appreciation.
Juneteenth reminds us to take a look back into history and see how we've come together as a nation.
The yearly celebration originated here in Texas, when Union Soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation. All remaining slaves in Texas were freed on June 19th, 1865.
The celebration will begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. with a kick-off reception at Standard Sales.
It's all about the youth on Thursday, June 20. You can enjoy the play called, "I Too Can Sing," along with a fashion show. The show will take place at the Civic Center at 7 p.m.
The festivities continue Friday with the 7 p.m. movie screening of "American Promise" at Difference Makers Fellowship, located at 224 Buddy Holly Avenue.
On Saturday, June 22, there is a Senior Breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at Mae Simmons Park at 9 a.m. Various events kick off at 11 a.m. - including karaoke, a dance off, a freestyle battle and even a throwback session.
On Sunday, June 23, the focus will be on appreciation, giving thanks and enjoying some good food.
There will be local performances, a soulful voice competition and an appearance from special guests. All this excitement begins at Mae Simmons Park at 7 a.m.
Latrice Godfrey, President for the United Juneteenth Commission, says, "I feel to be great, you have to stand up for what you believe in - that's unity."
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