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Inglewood and area communities celebrate Juneteenth

As the historic nineteenth day of June swiftly approaches, it’s important to take note of why we honor and celebrate the day.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation by executive order, meaning all enslaved African Americans were now, under federal law, set free– or at least were supposed to be.

It actually wasn’t until two years later, on June 19, 1865, when the last remaining group of still-enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas finally received word of the Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. From that day forward, slavery had officially ended– for everybody.

The first-ever Juneteenth celebration took place exactly one year later, on June 19, 1866. Black Americans sang, danced, rejoiced and embraced one another.

As the tradition continues this upcoming June 19, 2021, here are five celebrations in South Los Angeles that will be filled with Black culture, conversations, music, and overall fun while honoring the momentous, deeply-significant holiday, Juneteenth:

Leimert Park Art Walk

Leimert Park Village

Saturday, June 19

11AM – 9PM

The Boiler Room LA – South Market St., Inglewood

Friday, June 18

8PM – 2AM

Healing with Color Compton

Yoga session at Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)

Saturday, June 19

11AM

Da Poetry Party

Hippo Factory Studios

Saturday, June 19

7PM

Freedom Hike

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Saturday, June 19

9AM – 11AM

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