Jun 10, 2015 10:09 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
Oroville's African American Family & Cultural Center will present its annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 13th.
The main festival takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. at Martin Luther King Junior Park, located at Wyandotte and Burlington Avenues.
The theme of the festival is "Bringing Family Unity Back to the Community" ... which is what the Cultural Center is all about.
Executive Director Bobby Jones told Action News Now Noon News Anchor Linda Watkins-Bennett during an appearance on the show that Juneteenth is the longest celebration there is commemorating the end of slavery. President Abram Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863, but it wasn't until 21/2 years later that some slaves in Galveston, Texas found out they were free ... in June of 1865.
On Friday, June 12th the African American Family and Cultural Center will kick things off with a Movie in the Park, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, at 8:45 p.m. The movie "Selma" will be featured.
Saturday morning, June 13th, is a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the park to raise money for the local AAU basketball team "The Beast". The team has been invited to the West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas and needs to raise the money to make the trip.
Juneteenth festivities kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring Music, a Boxing Club exhibition, Gospel Hip Hop, Food Vendors, Information Booths, Bounce Houses, Raffle Prizes and more. Water will be available as well as temperatures are expected to be hot.
For more information about the free event visit http://www.aafcc-oroville.org.