Coral Springs Commemorates Juneteenth with a Virtual Celebration

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The Civil War, African American ‘contrabands’ (escaped slaves), at Foller’s house, Cumberland Landing, Virginia, by James F. Gibson, 1862. (purchased image)

By: Sharon Aron Baron

In honor of Juneteenth, a day that symbolizes the abolition of slavery in the United States of America, the City of Coral Springs will host a virtual celebration.

“The end of slavery has a deep-layered meaning in American history,” said Commissioner Joshua Simmons. “We cannot deny our nation’s past; rather, we must ensure younger generations are educated and aware of our history.”

The commemoration will include messages of hope from community leaders, musical and step performances, and a historical perspective about the significance of Juneteenth. Also, literature, spoken word, and a special message from the city commission.

On June 19, 1865, thousands of enslaved men, women, and children of Galveston, Texas, were liberated, two and a half years after President Lincoln had already signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth signifies freedom and independence for our nation’s African Americans.

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Commissioner Simmons said, “As our city’s first African-American commissioner, I am proud to host our inaugural Juneteenth celebration, a tradition I look forward to continuing as we work to create the kind of country we want for future generations.”

Watch it broadcasted live on CityTV, Blue Stream Channels 25, 25.2, 725, and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99 at 3:00 p.m.

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Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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