Saturday, June 17
Juneteenth: Let Freedom Ring Saturday, June 17RSVP
On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally told they were free. A century and a half later, people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the day. And in 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law recognition of "Juneteenth" as an American federal holiday.
Please join the Diversity Caucus, the Women's Caucus, and the Youth Caucus of DA France as we celebrate JUNETEENTH with a community potluck and educational presentations on Saturday, June 17, from 1-4PM at the American Church of Paris. All are welcome. In the spirit of Juneteenth, please bring any food, dessert, or beverage item you would like to share with your fellow celebrants. (Want some Juneteenth-specific recipe inspiration? Check out this, this and this.)
Juneteenth is also more than just a celebration of the end of this slavery in American history. It’s also a day of action that everyone can take part in by supporting efforts to address racial discrimination and inequality in the US. Our program will include:
- A tribute to Opal Lee, who worked for fifty years to make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday, by Shelley Bradford Bell, Co-Chair Women’s Caucus
- A presentation on the Freedom Riders, and the inspiration we take today from their example, by Youth Caucus
- A tribute to the civil rights icon Harry Belafonte by Horace Small, Paris GOTV Coordinator
- A discussion with Prof. Elijah Anderson, Yale Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, author of "Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life"
This event is free to attend with RSVP, below. We look forward to seeing you there!
If you should like to support this event with a voluntary donation, any contribution is welcome. Your gift helps to keep this event affordable and accessible to others. Please give here — and shoot us an email at [email protected]. Thank you!
We would like to thank our Juneteenth host committee for their support: Pat White, Joseph Voelker, Shelley Bradford-Bell, Horace Small, Sarah (Sally) Richardson, Ada Shen, Juan Cerda and Dani Follett
Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Time
The American Church in Paris
65 Quai d'Orsay
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