A resounding noise echoed through the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Fuller Park as the singers spoke for their voiceless ancestors.
“Thousands of enslaved African Americans had no idea that emancipation was over, lived through a long period of pain, anguish and abuse. So this is significant in the sense that the times tough don’t last, it’s tough people,” Bishop said. Tavis Grant of the Rainbow Push Coalition. “The black church has been the hallmark of civil rights and what a time it is to celebrate Juneteenth in Chicago.”
People gathered to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved black people in Texas were finally told they were free.
“It’s just a time to come out and celebrate African American culture and what it really means to have been liberated and to be free,” said Pablo Ortiz, who is from Connecticut.
Last year, President Joe Biden signed into law the June 19 National Independence Day Act, officially making it a national holiday.
“Black men chose to be fathers because slavery was essentially a complete separation from fatherhood,” said Rael Jackson, president of Real Men Cook.
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There were many smiles at the Sainte-Sabine church, in memory of the day of 1865.
“This is a day of sacrifice, this is a day of revolutionary love and joy, this is a day of black people stepping up and making black people free, this is about justice for all of us” , said activist Marc Lamont Hill. .
The DuSable Museum hosts a June 19 barbecue and block party, amplifying black voices. Good conversation, music, food and more happened at the new “The Du” in honor of Juneteenth on Sunday.
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There was horseback riding for children, a quilt show and a concert from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago.
“There’s a lot going on!” says chance. “We wanted to keep that going this year and give our people an opportunity to connect. Being Father’s Day lets us appreciate black dads, and we’re in a place where black people in America and around the world just need spaces to be together.”
Swayne Roland, an Elite Chicago mentor, spoke about the importance of vacations.
“We’re focusing on black girls. Since we’re black women, we just want to make sure that we’re giving girls the opportunity to focus on their blackness. Juneteenth is a great opportunity. Everyone hangs out. C It’s a beautiful day,” Roland said.
Juneteenth became a federal holiday for the first time last year. Participants hope that his recognition will continue to grow.
“We’re happy. At least it’s finally being recognized,” said Tammy O’Neal, who lives in Chicago.
“I don’t think a lot of people knew about Juneteenth in general, but now that the awareness is out there and all the positivity in regards to the African American experience, and what contribution African Americans have made to this country as a whole, it’s just good to finally recognize it,” said Greg Shuford, who lives in Hyde Park.
Chance the Rapper was also present. He was visiting families earlier.
He and Vic Mensa, another local artist, performed at the DuSable Museum on Sunday night.
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