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Stop the Violence Pittsburgh
is glad to announce that in association with the POISE Foundation, the programs and activities for the 2017 Juneteenth Celebration are to be held June 15th-17th

Juneteenth is the African American Celebration of the End of Slavery, generally celebrated on or around June 19th in 47 States across America

Thursday JUNE 15th:

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY, 11AM-10PM

at Kennywood Amusement Park (4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122)

With entertainment and appearances by national recording artist Diggy SimmonsKodie Shane, the Hollywood Swinging Band-a Kool & the Gang Tribute Band and other local entertainment.

The Day will include dance competitions, raffles, a BQ contest, speakers, bingo games, amusement park activities and rides.


Friday JUNE 16th:

CELEBRATION OF LIFE BLACK TIE DINNER AND HONORS EVENT, 6PM-10PM

at the Monroeville Convention Center-South Hall (209 Mall Plaza Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146)

The evening will include a Fashion Show, Speakers, Live Band entertainment, Dinner and Awards with a Special Proclamation Honor from the City of Pittsburgh

The 2017 Honorees include Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett-Religious LeaderBev Smith-Media Advocate and Tim Stevens-Community Crusader.

Special appearance by Michael Brown, Sr. Chosen for Change.

 

 

 


Saturday JUNE 17th:

ANCESTORS MEMORIAL SERVICE, 10AM-11AM

at St. Benedict the Moor Church (91 Crawford St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) Lead by Lenwood O. Sloan, former-Director of Pennsylvania's Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program

The event will include remarks from Samuel W. BlackDirector of African American Programs at the Heinz History Center, the Most Reverend David A. ZubikBishop of the Roman Catholic ChurchRev. Johnnie Monroeretired Pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Churchretired-Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III and Rev. Dr. Steven A. JacksonPastor of Bethel AME Church.

 

JUBILEE OF FREEMEN PARADE, 11AM-1PM

Sheila Jordan

Starting at St. Benedict the Moor Church into Downtown Market Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)

The original Jubilee of Freemen Parade was held in the City of Pittsburgh in 1870 by the leaders of the National Equal Rights League (1864-1921). NERL is first Black organization created to address human and civil rights of African Americans. The Pennsylvania State Chapter of NERL hosted this national Parade after the ratification of the 15th Amendment giving Black Men the right to vote.

With special attendance by Sheila Jordan and Jan Sartoriusdescendants of Queen Aliquippa.

 

 

MARTIN R. DELANY FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL, 1PM-9PM

Downtown Market Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)

Martin R. Delany (May 6, 1812 – January 24, 1885) was raised and lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, and writer, and arguably the first proponent of black nationalism. He was one of the first three black people admitted to Harvard Medical. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Doctor Delany the first black U.S. Army field Major during the civil war.

The day will include national entertainment from Jazz Violinist Rodney McCoyGwen Dickey of ROSE ROYCEShining Star Band-Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band and Teresa Hawthorne tribute to Phyllis Hyman.

Vendors, Speakers, Kid-Fun-Zone, Live Bands, DJ's, Dance Troupes, Gospel Groups and more.

A special feature of the day will be the Soul Train Dance contest as we attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest Soul Train Dance Line. 

 
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