SAVE THE DATE: Juneteenth 2024 Gala

As we usher in another year, we prepare to embark on a journey of remembrance, celebration, and advocacy. With hearts filled with gratitude and a spirit of unity, we are thrilled to announce our upcoming Juneteenth Celebration, a jubilant commemoration of emancipation, coupled with a deep dive into the richness of Black history and culture. This year’s theme, “Together We Stand,” underscores the power of solidarity and collective action as we honor the legacy of Dr. Opal Lee, the grandmother of Juneteenth, and pay homage to advocates for positive change not only within our borders but across the seas in Japan.

Honoring Dr. Opal Lee and Advocates for Change

At the heart of our celebration stands Dr. Opal Lee, a trailblazer whose tireless efforts have brought Juneteenth to the forefront of national consciousness. Her dedication to spreading awareness and fostering unity embodies the essence of this year’s theme. Moreover, we extend our admiration to advocates for positive change in Japan, emphasizing the universal resonance of Juneteenth and the shared pursuit of justice and equality.

Exploring the Theme: “African Americans and the Arts”

This year, our festivities are imbued with the vibrancy of the arts, encapsulating the diverse expressions of African, Caribbean, and Black American cultures. Through visual and performing arts, literature, music, culinary delights, and other forms of cultural expression, we delve into the profound impact of African Americans on the artistic landscape. From the soul-stirring melodies of jazz to the poignant narratives woven through literature, we celebrate the enduring legacy of creativity and resilience.

Month-long Celebration: From May to Juneteenth

Our celebration transcends a single day, evolving into a month-long extravaganza commencing in May with the arrival of Dr. Opal Lee. Throughout the month, we invite you to engage in a myriad of activities that foster dialogue, education, and community engagement. From thought-provoking panel discussions to inspiring student interactions, captivating art exhibitions to meaningful community service initiatives, there’s something for everyone to participate in and enjoy.

Promoting Global Unity: Opal Walk For Freedom

As we culminate our festivities, we unite in a powerful gesture of solidarity with the Opal Walk For Freedom, advocating for Sustainable Development Goal 10: to Reduce Inequality. This symbolic walk serves as a reminder of our shared responsibility to combat injustice and build a more equitable world for all. By walking hand in hand, we affirm our commitment to fostering inclusivity and amplifying the voices of those who have been marginalized.

In Conclusion

As we look forward to the festivities ahead, let us embrace the spirit of Juneteenth with open hearts and minds. Let us stand together, united in our celebration of freedom, resilience, and cultural heritage. Through our collective efforts, may we continue to honor the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a brighter future where all voices are heard and all dreams are realized.

Together, we stand.

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