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Juneteenth​ Celebration in Germantown to Honor Leaders


Montgomery County invites the public to the County’s 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 19, at 6:30 pm, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

This year’s celebration will include the presentation of the Legend Awards to the following individuals who have dedicated their lives to service and excellence in their communities: Irma Ramsey Cuellar, political activist, was nominated by the Montgomery County, Maryland Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston, medical doctor, was nominated by the African American Health Program in the County’s Department of Health and Human Services; and Lorraine Elizabeth Mosby, humanitarian, was nominated by the Potomac Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

In addition to the awards presentation, a special presentation will be given by Willie King, former Secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965, who transcribed “The Letter from a Birmingham Jail” for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also, last year’s award-winning film “Selma” will also be shown.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons.

“The end of slavery not only meant freedom for a people, it meant freedom for a nation,” said James Stowe, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. “This is an important program for all Montgomery County families.”

The program is being coordinated by the Montgomery County Executive’s Office of Human Rights and the County Executive’s African American Advisory Group.

Admission is free and a traditional barbeque dinner will be served following the movie