Women Bring Awareness of JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth is the black American holiday everyone should
celebrate. Three local women, Monique TaChae, Sadora
Montgomery and Whitney Banks teamed up in order to raise
awareness of such an important day —African-American
Independence Day. On June 18, they hosted an Open Panel
Discussion “For the Culture” that included poetry, dance and
networking at the Collingwood Arts Center.
Then, on Juneteenth (June 19) there was a Dashiki Day Party
from 6 p.m. to midnight at Club Agenda Sports Bar and Grill.
The Dashiki Party was free and everyone was asked to come
dressed in beautiful African attire, dashikis or anything
that represents black culture.
The first public Juneteenth events occurred in 1866,
preceding any similar commemoration of the Confederacy
legacy in Texas. At these events, former slaves read the
1863 Emancipation Proclamation—subversively honoring Abraham
Lincoln as the Great Emancipator at a time when white Texans
saw the slain president as the destroyer of Southern
“freedom”—sang spirituals, held games, and celebrated
Juneteenth was made a Texas state holiday in 1980, and in
1997, Congress recognized June 19 as “Juneteenth
Independence Day,” after pressure from a collection of
groups like the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage
and National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. This year
marked the 151st anniversary of the first Juneteenth.