The observance of Juneteenth is about the journey and achievement of African Americans. June 19th 1865, was the day word reached the enslaved in Galveston, Texas of their emancipation, though it had been so since January, 1, 1863. It is a story of pride, resilience and determination that will always be of historical and spiritual importance. It serves us well to understand that together, we can overcome all obstacles in our path.
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Program by the Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Prelude to 150TH BIRTHDAY OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
JUNE 20-23, 2013
To focus attention on the impact of Black West Virginians on the political educational and cultural narrative of the state on
order to lift to veil of marginal visibility of Blacks in the Mountain Sate particularly in conjunction with the 150th Birthday of the State.
Sunday, June 16 – Opening Program- WV Cultural Center: A Community Forum & Celebration
4:00pm - 6:00pm
A Community Forum & Celebration
Keynote Speaker, David M. Fryson, Esq.
Chief Diversity Officer, West Virginia University
Theme: The Black Presence on the Dark Side of the State’s Development
|Hawk’s Nest Tragedy|
|The Plight of Black in the Labor Movement|
|John Henry Folk Legend- the first “Crossover Hero”|
Program to also feature music from instrumental and/or choral groups
Location: West Virginia Cultural Center
Monday, June 17: The Black Presence in Politics for Social Change
|Harper’s Ferry: John Brown, the Niagara Movement, Storer College|
|J. R Clifford and other fighters for equality and social justice|
|The Gospel of “Self Help” :Booker T. Washington to Leon Sullivan|
|Video Clip from “The Teacher” Documentary on Mary C. Snow|
Location: MARY C. SNOW WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, June 18: THE BLACK PRESENCE IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
|Dr. Ancella Bickley:
Professor emeritus of English, former Vice President of Academic Affairs at West Virginia State University, “African American History of West Virginia.”
|Dr. Charles Ledbetter:
Professor Emeritus in Education, currently vice chair of the Archives and History Commission for the State of West Virginia: “Story behind the Tuskegee Airmen at State College”
|Dr. Joe William Trotter Jr.:
Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice, Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Davis Hall, West Virginia State University
Wednesday, June 19: A Juneteenth Revival Celebration
Rev. Paul A. Dunn, Pastor
Speaker: Arley Ray Johnson
Sponsored in cooperation with the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance
Location: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHARLESTON
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