Juneteenth Jubilee • Saturday, June 16, 2018
11:30am – 1:30pm
Sekula Memorial Library
1906 S. Closner Blvd, Edinburg
25th Anniversary Memorial Observance
9:00am – 11:00am
1701 E. Richardson Rd, Edinburg
1st Annual Juneteenth Festival
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Edinburg City Hall Courtyard
415 W. University Dr., Edinburg
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers landed in Galveston with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free, according to the Austin History Center. The celebration of June 19 was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants.
On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday. It's a day to celebrate African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.
Juneteenth Jubilee • Saturday, June 16, 2018
Cemetery Memorial Service
8:30 am The Gathering Hillcrest Memorial Park 1701 E. Richardson Road
9:00 am Walking Procession To Restlawn Cemetery, 1122 N. Jasman Road, Edinburg, TX
9:20 am Welcome Remarks & Mrs. Sandra Propst, Director Hillcrest Cemetery Opening Prayer Rev. Michael Smith, Master of Ceremony
Faith Fellowship Church, McAllen, TX; Co-Chair Juneteenth Memorial Service
9:30 am Presentation of Colors & First Sergeant Ociel Suarez, EHS JROTC Bobcat Battalion Presentation of the Ms. Chya Woodard and Ms. Amaya Hernandez Juneteenth Flag
9:45 am Music Selection Ms. Loretha Laws and the Juneteenth Choir
9:50 am Pledge of Allegiance & Asst. Scout Master Joseph Williams - Brownsville Troop # 777
9:55 am Musical Selection Ms. Loretha Laws and the Juneteenth Choir “Negro National Anthem”
10:00 am Resolution Mr. Alex Rios, District Director for State Rep. Terry Canales, District 40
10:05 am Recognitions & Special Mr. Raymond A. Howard, Co-Chair, Juneteenth Memorial Service Acknowledgements
10:15 am Remarks Mr. Terry Mills, Area Coordinator, NAACP, RGV & Nueces County, TX
10:25 am Music Selection Ms. Erika Munoz, Mission, TX “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”
10:30 am Proclamations Hidalgo County Commission
The Honorable Mayor Richard Molina, Edinburg, TX
10:35 am Reflections Mr. Alex Moreno, Hidalgo County Historical Commission
Mr. Joseph Fox, Asst. Education Officer MOSTHistory
Dr. Albert Rodriguez, ECISD Alumni/ TX A&M Kingsville Hist. Dept.
10:45 am Music Selection Ms. Margarett Saint Jean
“No More Night, No More Pain, No More Tears”
10:50 am Proclamation Mr. Oscar Salinas, Board President, ECISD
10:55 am Community Voices Dr. Russell Skowronek, UTRGV Assoc. Dean College of Liberal
Arts Ms. Jillian Glantz, UTRGV Rider Newspaper
Ms. Kimbley Callis, daughter of Lewis C. Callis
Ms. Sabrina Walker, Edinburg Boys and Girls Club
11:05 am Benediction & Rev. Michael Smith, Faith Fellowship Church of McAllen Announcements Memorial Reception Sekula Library 1906 S. Closner, Edinburg, TX Community Juneteenth Festival, Edinburg City Hall
11:10 am Closing Song Audience Led by Juneteenth Choir
“We Shall Overcome”
11:30 am Opening Notes Loretha Laws, Juneteenth co-chair Annual Reception
11:35 am Welcoming Remarks The Honorable Mayor Richard Molina, Edinburg, TX
Soul Food Experience
11:50 am Historical Reflections Kim Callis
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12:05 am Music & Dance Selection Lamar Jones & Wakanda Dance Troupe
12:20 pm African American Panel Past, Present, & Future
Maurice Welton, Owner, Edible Arrangement
Nick Maddox, Jr. Pastor, BT McAllen
Dr. Litrese Winkfield, Physician
Neva Jackson/Daittra Lopez, Retired Educator
1:05 pm Artwork Acknowledgements Loretha Laws, Junteenth co-chair Annual Reception
1:20 pm Encore Performance Kim Callis
1st annual Juneteenth Jubilee at Edinburg City Hall Courtyard
5pm Welcome Remarks Samone McKinley, Juneteenth Festival Chair and Cultural Arts Manager
Opening Prayer Pastor Carl Farmer of The Family Church
Presentation of Colors Edinburg Police Department Honor Guard Juneteenth and American Flags
Music Selection Mrs. Kim Callis American and Negro Anthem
5:40 pm Dance Performance The Inspirational dancers from Deborah Case Dance Academy
6:00 pm Dance Performance African Boot Dancers from Edinburg Parks and Rec
6:35 pm Music Selection Juneteenth Mass Choir
7:00 pm Welcome Address Honorable Mayor Richard Molina - City of Edinburg
Certificate Presentations Honorable Mayor Richard Molina and Samone McKinley, Juneteenth
Festival Chair Honoring Lewis C. Callis, Founder of Edinburg Juneteenth
7:25 pm Music Selection Artist Lamar Jones
7:50 pm Music Selection Artist Kim Callis
8:10 pm - 8:50 pm DJ Spin/Mix
8:55 pm Music Selection Artist Jawan
9:20 pm Music Selection Artist Mecia
9:50 pm Dance Performance Cupid Shuffle
10:00 pm Closing Remarks Samone McKinley, Juneteenth Festival Chair
The Negro National Anthem: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
by James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 - June 26, 1938)
Originally written by Johnson for a presentation in celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. This was originally performed in Jacksonville, Florida, by children. The popular title for this work is: 'THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM'
§ Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us, Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won.
§ Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears have been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
§ God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, Our God, where we met Thee; Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand. True
to our GOD, True to our native land
We Shall Overcome
Attributed to the original lyrics of Charles Albert Tindley in 1900
“We Shall Overcome” is a gospel song which became a protest song and a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.
§ We shall overcome, we shall overcome, We shall overcome someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome someday.
§ The Lord will see us through, The Lord will see us through, The Lord will see us through someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome someday.
§ We're on to victory, We're on to victory, We're on to victory someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We're on to victory someday.
§ We'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand, We'll walk hand in hand someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We'll walk hand in hand someday.
§ We are not afraid, we are not afraid, We are not afraid today; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We are not afraid today.
§ The truth shall make us free, the truth shall make us free, The truth shall make us free someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, The truth shall make us free someday.
§ We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace, We shall live in peace someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall live in peace someday.