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Our mission is to re-introduce the empowerment, freedom and unity of the family, by uniquely showcasing the African-American heritage and potential through entertaining and educational activities.
By successfully incorporating cultural, social and economic awareness, we believe any community can become inspired enough to contribute more positively to society. Our Juneteenth Chicago Celebrations will be an attempt to educate and unite families and community residents, currently separated by complacency or other factors.
We intend to accomplish our goals by networking with other community-based organizations, individuals and businesses, crucial to our cause. In order to exact positive and lasting change, we believe communities must be exposed to positive images of themselves, their history and their world.
What are the goals and objections of Juneteenth?
Juneteenth Chicago NFP Our objective is as follows; the self-substainment of our people is key.
We must become economically reliant, while recycling our dollars back into our community. We must become socially aware of each other's needs and be able to address them be it physical or spiritual. We must provide means of fulfillment in education, jobs, and housing. We must and will bring awareness to the importance of our health issues surrounding the African American community and take immediate action in prevention and intervention education to resolve them. The education and rebuilding of values, dignity and respect of our youth is first.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order#3.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in Americas history that shaped and continues to influence society today.
NEED FOR JUNETEENTH CHICAGO CELEBRATION
Due to the state of African American communities in the world, the Juneteenth Chicago (JC) celebration is vital to the sustainability of the African Ameri can community - socially, financially, and spirituality. JC is a celebration for African Americans in the entire Diaspora. It is an outlet for Africans American to celebrate their past, present, and future of a community that is in drier need for unity and empowerment.
The Juneteenth Chicago celebration will create a safe outlet to celebrate African American heritage. The importance of the Juneteenth Chicago celebration (African American Independence Day), will address the impact of slavery, which the perception that individual behavior can be influenced by collective factors which are also historically remote.
Juneteenth Chicago is a nation wide 4-day event primarily celebrated by African descendents of slavery. By showcasing African American heritage through didactic entertainment and activities, the Juneteenth Chicago celebration, in the spirit of Sankofa, will empower, celebrate freedom, and unify the African American Family.
By successfully incorporating cultural, social, and economic awareness, the Juneteenth Chicago celebration will educate communities, currently separated by social factors.
Juneteenth Chicago's goals are
To educate all races of people about Juneteenth
To implement a self-sustaining celebration for and by African American's.
To provide the resources that celebrate African American history
To get Mayor Richard Daley & Gov. Rod Blagojevich to declare June 19th a national & city holiday (Independence Day) for the African American community in Illinois.
Overall, Juneteenth Chicago's philosophy believes that the African American community must become economically reliant, while recycling African American dollars back into African American communities. African Americans must become socially aware of each other's needs and be able to address them be it physical or spiritual. African Americans must provide means of fulfillment in education, jobs, and housing. African Americans must bring awareness to the importance of health issues surrounding the African American community and take immediate action in prevention and intervention education to resolve them. The education and rebuilding of values, dignity and respect of African American youth is first. By networking with community-based organizations, individuals, and businesses, crucial to the cause. In order to exact positive and lasting change, we believe communities must be exposed to positive images of themselves, their history, and their world.
Juneteenth Chicago undoubtly believe that Africans American have the right to have a holiday celebrating our day of freedom & independence.