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Juneteenth Social

June 19, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC+9


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Event Description

The Legacy Foundation Japan would like to welcome our global community to observe Juneteenth on June 19th, 2021! Juneteenth is known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, and Jubilee Day. It commemorates the ending of slavery in America, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed to abolish slavery. The holiday was mostly celebrated in Texas and regions familiar with the anniversary. Juneteenth has grown recently to be recognized nationally and globally as African Americans continue to fight for rights and liberty.

We will observe Juneteenth online and bring together our community with uplifting traditions, games, historical recounts and readings. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us virtually and join in:
🎼“Lift Every Voice and Sing” sing along
📜Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
📖History of Juneteenth
✊🏿Black History Trivia

About Juneteenth:

“Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holidays.” (History.com)

This event will be hosted by Alison Shimizu and feature guest speaker Stephen Seals.

Alison Rodgers: MC/ Historical Support
Alison Rodgers is an educator and fierce advocate for passing down traditional African American culture and values. Both a creative and history buff, she loves tracing history through architecture, food, music, literature, and the visual arts. From a young age, her parents were well aware of the limitations of a public school education and knew that learning starts in the home. She grew up in a house that had its own library filled with both fiction and non-fiction books. She is a seeker of the truth whether it is wrapped up in a pretty package or not. She believes that those who know better, do better.

Alison is the Director of Membership and Resources Committee Chair for Legacy Foundation Japan. She loves meeting new people and helping the Foundation grow. One of her favorite parts of the job is digging up cultural tidbits to pass along to the public.

Stephen Seals:Guest Speaker
Stephen Seals started off his professional career as a freelance actor traveling the country performing and directing theatre for 14 years before being hired at Colonial Williamsburg. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University as a Theatre Education Major. Stephen spent 10 years teaching theater in the Richmond community, and working as an actor, director, stage manager, production manager, and lighting designer. Stephen started his time at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 12 years ago as an Actor Interpreter and was also a Supervisor of the unit for three years before becoming the Manager of Program Development for African American and Religion Interpretation for the Foundation. Stephen is currently portraying Nation Builder James Lafayette, in addition to his positions as Community Outreach Liaison and Program Development Manager for the Foundation.

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June 19, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC+9
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