In celebration of Juneteenth 2015, STAND staff and alumni partnered with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings. As part of the local Juneteenth celebration, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Ark., hosts a day-long, block party-style event featuring activities, vendors, food, and entertainment for the entire community.
The Center’s Juneteenth celebration relies on volunteers. The STAND staff, alumni and current students answered the call. Thanks go to STAND team members: Toby Daughtery, Tangie Sims, Rachel Siegel, Olivia Golden, Tami East, and Natayln Bell; STAND alumni and current students: Monique Bowers, LaKissa Martindale, Deborah Harris, Daniel Frazier, Ekesha Williams, Sherita Williams, Gwendolyn Pigg, Dee Irvin, Bianca Buchanan and others for standing with us!