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Juneteenth SF Freedom Celebration Festival

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


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Juneteenth

Teach someone to hate themselves and you will control their self-esteem, their image of themselves, their ambition and their thoughts" Anthony 'Nat' Turner. The name, “Juneteenth,” is in reference to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas and announced that the Civil War was over and the enslaved were now free. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law in 1863, it effectively had zero legal impact since the Confederacy had seceded from the Union. As a result enslaved Blacks remained in bondage 2 years after President Lincoln sign the proclamation. Spearheaded by event organizers Rico Hamilton, Pia Harris and Bishop Birch, entertainment coordinator Laron Mayfield and with the support of community leaders, the nonprofit Juneteenth SF Freedom Organization aims to reignite San Francisco’s 72-year long history of celebrating Black freedom, culture and resilience. Even with the buy black campaigns, black lives matter and the woke movement, the level of self-hate is off the chart and bigotry among the black population has morphed into violence, class distinction, intimidation, sexual assault, physical and mental abuse. We must love the skin were in because TEHILLIYM (PSALMS) 139:13-14 of the את CEPHER says we are wonderfully made and YHWH has possessed our mind to enjoy righteousness, beauty, love since we were covered in our mother's womb. Once deemed the “Harlem of the West,” The Fillmore District was the Pacific Coast epicenter of black entertainment, music and culture.

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Juneteenth

Since the 1950s and well through the early 70s, thehas Fillmore District featured legendary acts such as James Brown, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker; political headliners including Malcom X; and was home to 20 blocks of black businesses. Thousands will be in attendance as we commemorate Juneteenth in the city’s historic Fillmore District. The Freedom Celebration will span 8 city blocks featuring dozens of special guests, community leaders, performers, vendors, exhibitions, carnival rides, games and tons of fun for the whole family. The festival has a ferris wheel for the entire family so they can view San Francisco while suspended over 100 ft in the air, play any number of games, or just sit back & relax while the kids do it all. Support local entrepreneurs, artisans and retailers. Uncover one-of-a-kind finds with dozens of Boutiques, Shops and Food Vendors to choose from. The classic car show and exhibition will be full of iconic classics, custom restores, pristine rare models and much more. Models, designers and stylists take center stage to reveal the latest trends in Hair & Fashion. Enjoy nonstop live musical performances on the main stage including local artists, top DJs, the soul energizing Gospel Competition and much more.

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Juneteenth

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