Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Juneteenth independence day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America, outside Native American lands. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 was not enforced there until after the Confederacy collapsed. The name of the observance is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration.
At first celebration involved church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s. Often the centerpiece was a food festival. A third stage was reached in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, when the focus became the story of struggle for postwar civil rights. The 1970s saw a fourth stage, which returned the focus to African American freedom and arts. By the 21st century, Juneteenth was celebrated in most major cities across the United States. Activists are pushing Congress to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 46 of the 50 states.
Observance is primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and reading of works by noted African-American writers such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou. Celebrations include rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, and Miss Juneteenth contests. The Mascogos, descendants of Black Seminoles of Coahuila, Mexico, also celebrate Juneteenth.
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1) Further positive exposure of Los Angeles to the international community.
2) Increase in tourism because a lot of our cyclists and attendees come from other cities, states, and countries. An increase in tourism will result in an increase in city and county revenues through sale taxes and other taxes.
3) Jobs generation and an economic stimulus to the city and county of Los Angeles.
This year Inner City Cycling Connection, Inc. (IC3) has partnered with the West East Community Access/WE CAN FOUNDATION to have a Juneteenth Los Angeles 2020 (A.K.A.: Juneteenth LA 2020) community bicycle ride/walk, bike festival, and health fair expo. The Los Angeles celebration of this African-American liberation day will be a three day event from June 19-21, 2020 in Leimert Park. The three themes for this event are:
1) Celebrating our culture, heroes, and health
2) Riding for health, justice, and equality
3) Exposing our community to the rewards and benefits of cycling
4) Honoring the life of Major Taylor, Colonel Young, a Buffalo Soldier from the 9th and 10th Calvary, and the US 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldier Cycling Regiment
Both IC3 and the WE CAN FOUNDATION believe that this celebration will enlighten our community about Juneteenth and its importance to American society. In addition to the cultural aspect, IC3 will incorporate cycling, health, and fitness into this event by having a community bicycle ride, honoring Marshall W. Taylor (A.K.A.: Major Taylor), paying tribute to the US Army 25th Infantry Regiment (A.K.A.: The Cycling Buffalo Soldiers), and Honoring Colonel Charles Young. Both Major Taylor and the Cycling Buffalo Soldiers are African-American heroes that need their stories to be told. This Juneteenth Los Angeles 2020 event will be use as a platform to highlight the contributions of these men.
**NOTICE: PLEASE NOTE THE WEEKEND AGENDA BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
FRIDAY JUNE 19
1) Homeless feeding
2) Juneteenth workshops/meetings/presentations/historical reenactments that will include public readings, libations, and the singing of traditional songs
3) Gospel concert/live music
4) Other entertainment
5) Celebrity guest speakers
6) Health screening
7) Vendor booths
SATURDAY JUNE 20
1) BMX bike show (stunt riders performing cycling tricks on their bikes)
2) Kiddy bike races/workshops to show the youngsters bicycle safety
3) Health fair expo with workshops
4) Juneteenth historical workshops/meetings
5) Concerts/live music
6) Celebrity guest speakers
7) Prizes and surprises
8) Vendor booths
SUNDAY JUNE 21
1) The community bike ride will be the main event. This ride will be for everyone including amateur cyclists, families, young adults, and kids.
2) A tribute to Marshall W. Taylor (A.K.A.: Major Taylor), a black cyclist that dominated the sport of cycling during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
3) A tribute to the US Army 25th Cycling Infantry Regiment (A.K.A.: The Cycling Buffalo Soldiers)
4) A tribute to Colonel Charles Young. Charles Young (March 12, 1864 – January 8, 1922) was an American soldier. He was the third African-American graduate of the United States Military Academy, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attaché, first black man to achieve the rank of colonel in the United States Army, and highest-ranking black officer in the regular army until his death in 1922.
5) Concert/live music.
6) Other entertainment (i.e.: jumpers and games for the kids).
7) Health fair expo with workshops.
8) Vendor booths.
9) Prizes and surprises.
10) Acknowledgements and closing ceremony.
NOTICE: PLEASE READ THIS PAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE FILLING OUT ANY OF OUR FORMS. PLEASE ADHERE TO THE INSTRUCTIONS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS ON THIS PAGE, THE APPLICATION FORM PAGE, AND ON THE APPLICATION/REGISTRATION FORMS. THESE GUIDELINES ARE IN PLACE TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL SO THAT WE CAN HAVE IT EVERY YEAR.
1) The ride will start at the corner of Vermont and King Blvd at 8:00 am.
2) Riders registration will be between 7:00 am to 8:00 am. NO LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE DAY OF THE RIDE!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!
3) Rider/cyclist registration form can be filled out and/or downloaded from this website. The registration form is located under the application forms link.
4) STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18 MUST FILL OUT THE STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM LOCATED UNDER THE APPLICATION FORMS LINK. IN ADDITION, ALL STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18 ARE REQUIRED TO GET AN AUTHORIZATION SIGNATURE FROM THEIR PARENT(S) OR GUARDIAN ON THE FORM!!
5) Registration forms will be available. Call Reverend Clarence E. Washington at 310-948-5524 to schedule application pickup and delivery.
6) Fixie bike ride starts at 8:00 am.
7) Family bike ride starts at 9:00 am.
8) The ride will be done with rolling street closures similar to a funeral procession.
9) ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR PROTECTIVE CYCLING GEAR (PART OF BIKE SAFETY!!)
10) PARENT(S) WILL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE WITH THEIR CHILDREN!! LETS MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR!! GET SOME EXERCISE!!
11) Event contact numbers:
Don Harris: 323-839-5012 or Rev Clarence E. Washington: 310-948-5524
1) Booth Size - 10 x 10 Tent
2) One Table Two Chairs (Provided by event coordinators)
1) FOOD - $225 Per Day.
2) ARTS/CRAFT AND OTHER BUSINESSES - $125 Per Day.
3) THERE IS $50 DISCOUNT FOR THOSE THAT REGISTER FOR ALL THREE DAYS.
4) DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 31, 2020. AFTER THAT DATE, BOOTH PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
1) Vendor booth registration and setup for all three days: 7 am to 10 am.
2) Festival starts in Leimert Park at 11 am.
3) Vendor booth application can be filled out and/or downloaded from this website. The application is located under the application forms link.
4) Application will be available for physical pickup. Call Reverend Clarence E. Washington at 310-948-5524 to schedule pickup and delivery.
5) Event contact numbers:
Don Harris: 323-839-5012 or Rev Clarence E. Washington: 310-948-5524
(NJOF) NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION
(C.O.R.E.) CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY
(NAMI ) NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
(A.S.A.L.H) ASSOCIATION STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
(H.A.A.F) HEALTHY AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
EAGLE WINGS OF ENLIGHTENMENT CENTER
BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY
ESO WON BOOKS
WEST EAST COMMUNITY ACCESS NETWORK
LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE MERCHANT AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
WILSHIRE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
COMMUNITY BICYCLE RIDE, WALK, RUN - 500 Participants
COMMUNITY BICYCLE RIDE, WALK, RUN STREET SPECTATORS - 50,000+ People
LEIMERT PARK FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE - 800+ Persons daily
Riding a pedal bike can be strenuous on your heart. As such, community bicycle ride participants will have to be in good physical condition to participate. A clearance from your doctor MAY BE REQUIRED in order to participate. CONSULT WITH THE EVENT MANAGEMENT TO SEE IF YOU HAVE TO MEET THAT REQUIREMENT.
1) He dominated cycling in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
2) He was a 7 times world record setter from 1896 to 1898.
**Visit the Major Taylor Association for more information on his legacy**
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