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History revisited with Juneteenth celebration 2013

caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] The theme for this years Juneteenth celebration, A Shift in the Atmosphere, was a fitting reminder of the changes that Blacks in America have experienced since the end of slavery. The holiday, marking the end of slavery in the State of Texas on June 19, 1865, is celebrated by Blacks in 42 states. Dinizulu Gene Tinnie provided the historical backdrop for the event. Whites didnt simply decide to end slavery, Blacks demanded it, he said. Thats why Juneteenth is so important in terms of our history. It needs to be taught in our schools so that its significance is never forgotten. Until all of us are free, none of us are free. The event honored women who have made a difference in the Black community; Vivilora Perkins Smith; Rev. Harriette Wilson-Greene; Commander Dana Carr; Officer Michaell Bell; and the RJT Foundation. Program participants included: radio host Rodney Baltimore; Rebecca Butterfly Vaughn; singer Angee Griffin, saxophonist Jon Saxx; and Big Brooklyn Red. The event was planned and sponsored by The City of Miami Model City & Coconut Grove N.E.T. under the direction of vonCarol Kinchens, administrator. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com