Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett invites the public to the County’s 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration. This free program is scheduled for Friday, June 15 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown. Doors will open for this special event at 6:00 pm and the program will begin at 6:25 pm.
The event is hosted by the County Executive and will highlight the contributions of African Americans who are living legends in our community. The program will begin with a welcome by Leggett who will present the African American Living Legend Awards to honorees who have dedicated their lives to service and excellence in their contributions to the African American community.
The program will highlight the service of the honorees whose contributions are in various fields of endeavor to include: business, health, media, sports, educations, law, ministry, community organizations, medicine or the arts, that have shaped the cultural heritage and richness of our African American community. The evening will also feature special performances and music.
Following the ceremony and program, an old-fashioned barbeque dinner will be served. There will be a special presentation of the acclaimed movie Marshall, which looks at the achievements of young Thurgood Marshall whose legal genius in Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, paved the way for the most impactful victory in the quest for freedom and equality in the history of the United States since the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Throughout the program, Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), winners of the Montgomery County NAACP Branch will provide entertainment.
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the County Executive’s African American Advisory Group are coordinating the program, which commemorates the 153rd anniversary of the events of June 19, 1865. On that 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 event today is known as Juneteenth and is celebrated widely across the United States.
“The end of slavery not only meant freedom for a people, it meant freedom for a nation,” said Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. “However, nothing is guaranteed; as we saw social justice and equality threatened and snatched away to be won again through the brave acts of the freedom fighters of the Civil Rights Movement and Selma. The 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be an important and inspiring program for all Montgomery County families.”
Reservations are encouraged because seating is limited; and can be made on line at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights. For more information, call James Stowe at the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8490.