CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH!

June 21, 2017

 

Juneteenth is nothing new on the East Side but it is always celebrated as it is the first time ever, why?  Because their is so much pride on the East Side.  Marching to the beat of their drum we got another show from the Sam Houston High School Marching Band who always leave you wanting more, but more importantly watching these OH SO TALENTED youth is inspiring in itself to see how far we have come from the year of 1865.  March on youth!  (FYI.. We LOVE the Sam Houston Marching Band) can you tell:)

 

 

Community members gather at Comanche Park after the Juneteenth Parade last Saturday. Photo By: David Johnson

 

Byron Miller, 

Juneteenth's

San Antonio Commissioner, told the Express-News last Saturday "This celebration is not a snapshot," Miller said.  "This event is about an evolution- it's about taking a look at how far everybody has come since emancipation"

 

From Sam Houston High School to Comanche Park is where the parade took us with our new D2 Councilman Shaw along the whole way.  Councilman Shaw told the Express-News that "This event bring together families, neighbors, church members from all across the community, it's a great occasion.  It's good to see our young folk out here being involved, being engaged- it's just a blessing to be out here."

 

 

We will always celebrate our community.  We celebrate daily and on very special days such a Juneteenth where huge milestones were made we go big!

 

We have come a long long way but we all know we have a lot longer to go and some community residents shared the same thoughts by hanging banners with messages such as the Father's Fighting Against Police Brutality. 

 

 Councilman Shaw (D2) is 'Cruzing' in the

Juneteenth 2017 Parade held last Saturday

 

We will continue fighting for equal rights such as the Father's Fighting Against Police Brutality do each and every day.

 

                                                  Photo taken By: David Johnson 

 

                                                            Photo taken By: David Johnson

 

 

During this celebration we look back on some thoughts of those alive when slavery ended.

 

 

“…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former slave

 

 

“The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes.” – Alan Keyes

 

 

 

 

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