Alkebu-lan Cultural Center, in collaboration with Jackie Robinson Community Center, presents a Pre-Juneteenth Educational Event on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at 1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103.
Alkebu-lan Cultural Center recognizes 150 years of the Emancipation Proclamation with education, entertainment and dialogue. The keynote speaker will be Mr. John Hill, Author & Motivational Speaker. The Master of Ceremony will be Mr. Roscoe Lee Owens, CEO – Jazz Zone.
Entertainment for the event is Rhythms of the Village.
There will be a Spoken Word by Ms. Aldonia Bailey, Professional Artist. Confirmed panelists include Mr. John Hill and Dr. Richard D. King, Psychiatrist, Historian.
Mr. Torré Brannon-Reese, CEO – F.A.M.L.I. Mr. Gary Moody, President – Pasadena Branch NAACP, Mr. Prentice Deadrick, Former President – PUSD Board of Trustees
The observance of this celebration is about the journey and achievement of African Americans - from a horrific period of sanctioned enslavement to the pinnacle of human endeavors. It is a story of pride, resilience and determination that will always be of historical and spiritual importance. It also is a story of tributes to our legacy, our children's legacy and all the generations to come.
June 19, 1865, was the day word reached the enslaved in Galveston, Texas that emancipation had been made formal; however emancipation had been established legally since January, 1, 1863. And with those words, our country changed, this world changed. And, with bold and contentious decisions, we have continued to change – striving always to make it right, to make it better for all.
A 'No Charge' Event.