Grambling kicks off Juneteenth's week-long celebrations

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Juneteenth, a time of celebration and remembrance of when slavery actually ended, which was two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

"On January 1, 1863 the slaves were free but they didn't find out until June 19, 1865 so we celebrate June 19th as the official day of the freedom of the slaves," says Edward Jones, Grambling Mayor.

Kicking off a week of celebrations, the City of Grambling hosted a luncheon spreading the message that freedom should be celebrated by all.

"Over the years we've accomplished so much as a people, but again this celebration is for all people, because freedom is a universal thing that everyone should celebrate," says Jones.

Guest speaker Clarence Glover says emancipation has three parts to it, the physical, the social and the mental.

"Now we are engaging in the mental emancipation now, of taking the chains off the brains of our young men and women in our community, so we can move forward for there as our ancestors took the chains off their bodies our African ancestors took the chains off their bodies and offered systems to our nation," says Glover.

Moving forward and celebrating how far we've come as a country, "there's a saying that those that don't know there past are destined to repeat it so certainly I think it's important that everyone understands the history our country," says RIck Gallot, GSU President.

Commemorating culture and freedom all week long in Grambling.

Monday June 12

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Kirby Kangaroo Financial Reality Fair
Grambling Community Center
Sponsored by Shreveport Federal Credit Union

6 PM History of Grambling
Grambling Community Center

Tuesday June 13

7:00 PM Performance by the Boys & Girls Club of North Central LA
Performing Arts Building: On the campus of Grambling State University

Wednesday June 14

5:00 PM Economic Empowerment Workshop
Grambling Community Center
6:00 PM Old Fashioned Prayer Meeting
Grambling Community Center

Thursday June 15

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Health Walk
Grambling State University Track and Field

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Health & Wellness Community Health Fair
Grambling Community Center
Friday June 16

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Bake Off
Grambling Community Center

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Get Out and Fish
Grambling City Park

11 AM – 3:00 PMFish Fry $8.00
Grambling Community Center

Watermelon Feast

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Miss Juneteenth Pageant
Nursing Building: On the campus of Grambling State University

Saturday June 17

10:00 AM – Parade – Grand Marshall Willis Reed

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Essay Winners
Music, Live Entertainment (R&B & Blues), Vendors, Car Show,
Adult/Children's Games & Activities
Grambling Park

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Wine Tasting
Grambling Community Center