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Freedom Days 2008
Juneteenth Celebration at Prairie View A&M
Friday, June 06, 2008
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas
--Prairie View A&M University will host a “Juneteenth Celebration,” June 18 to commemorate the emancipation of African American slaves in Texas and across the United States. The event will feature State Rep. (TX) Al Edwards and Maceo Dailey, a noted historian and professor from the University of Texas-El Paso.
The program will begin with an opening reception at noon and is open to the general public.
Hosted by the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC) and the Texas Black History Preservation Project, the “Juneteenth Celebration” will highlight African American freedom and educate attendees on the social conditions and journey that many freed slaves experienced in the 1860s. The event program will include performances by PVAMU students who will perform a series of dramatic monologues and a short film on the Juneteenth holiday produced by the TIPHC.
“I’m thrilled to host this important program on our campus. Juneteenth is an important event in the history of Texas and the United States. This program will provide a renewed understanding and interpretation of the slave experience during the early days of emancipation,” states Dr. Akel Kahera, PVAMU professor of architecture and community development and the director of the TIPHC.
Edwards, a Texas Juneteenth pioneer, will help host the event and provide inspirational words on the importance of the Juneteenth holiday. Dailey will deliver a keynote address titled “Juneteenth, Jubilation and Journey Proud: Black Texans Exit Captivity and Enter Community, 1865-1900”.
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