National Black Doll Museum. Annette Gordon-Reed. Juneteenth events.

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ANNETTE GORDON-REED ON JUNETEENTH LIVESTREAM with her book “On Juneteenth,” a nstory about Juneteenth from Texas to beyond. This virtual event portrays Gordon-Reed’s experiences that led to writing this wildly popular book.  Be there June 20, 6-7 p.m., free, virtual. bpl.bibliocommons.com

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June 18th Music. Food. Dance and Vendors. National Black Doll Museum, sponsor.

The National Black Doll Museum & S.O.S Entertainment proudly announce the third annual regional Juneteenth Festival, a family-friendly celebration, commemorating the end of slavery in the USA, on Saturday, June 18th from 11am-6pm at Capron Park, 201 County Street, Attleboro, MA.  People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to come celebrate this rich African American cultural tradition. 

The jam-packed day of festivities will include speakers, music, dance, food, art exhibits and vendors. Local performers Myra Kinds, Queen Poetic, and Frederik Halleluyah!!! will join world-renowned artists & storytellers Nzinga’s Daughters on stage.  Guest speakers will include State Senator Paul Feeney, State Rep. Jim Hawkins and  & Brother Gary. There will be line dancing, Xtreme Hip-Hop With Sai, raffles, a  Kid zone and presentation of  The 2nd annual Trailblazer awards to several local community leaders.  

This year’s festival will focus a special “freedom spotlight” on supporting “The Crown Act,” a bill protecting the rights of Black citizens to wear their hair the way it naturally grows.  A Natural Hair show & exhibit will showcase top stylists Shaquora R.  Bey, Gwen Michelle, Couture By Anita & others and hair care product exhibits.

The planning committee is currently looking for volunteers to help at the event.  No amount of time before, during, or after the event is too small. Vendor booth applications  are also available until June 10th, and can be found online at www.attleborojuneteenth.com   For more information contact planning committee chairwoman Deb Britt or Felicia Walker at 774-284-4729 or  ajc@nbdmhc.org

Juneteenth—originally June 19th, 1865—is a celebration of the day when the last enslaved people in America learned they were free- two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth symbolizes the end of slavery and the beginning of freedom. While its roots are in Texas, Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate freedom all over the United States.