Happy Juneteenth everyone! The fun is scheduled to resume today at 3:00 PM in Leon Williams Park in Paris with praise dancers, a talent show, and awards for special fathers and organizations. Here's a look at some other celebrations around the state....
|Dreu Knight, 6, and other Miss Juneteenth winners|
prepare for the Houston parade.
The Black Cultural Council of Odessa hosted a four-day event including a basketball tournament, line dance workshop, and for the first time a double-dutch jump-rope competition. BCCO President Jo Ann Davenport Littleton said that the event draws over 10,000 people from around the globe. In Corsicana, Tamera White was crowned Miss Juneteenth, while Annell Haney, 82, recalled celebrations in the past that would go on for days with barbecues and church services. Participants in San Antonio's events included Hezekiah Watkins, who was jailed as a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in 1961.
|Member of the Lubbock Forgotten West Riders|
Austin saw a street party, food, informational booths, and a historical program, as well as a parade with horses, line dancers, and African drums. Even those attending in the line of duty got into the spirit of the day as "in his parked cruiser, a police officer rocked and swayed in his seat to the bass-heavy thump of "Billie Jean"." Also in Austin, Huston-Tillotson communications student Kliphton Joel Taylor wrote for the United Methodist News Service, "I love Juneteenth and everything about it! I've always attended the annual parade in Austin -- just days after my birthday -- and I have a blast! I see and connect with old friends while meeting new ones. I get to see so many different talents, ranging from cool kids on drums to pretty ladies and sometimes masculine men dancing for Jesus and singing and acting."
No Juneteenth celebration would be complete without singing "Lift Ev'ry Voice", so even if you can't make it to the festivities this afternoon, open a can of strawberry soda and listen to the Acapella Choir from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell.
Juneteenth highlights were taken from the Houston Chronicle, Odessa American, Corsicana Daily Sun, San Antonio Express-News, Abilene Reporter-News, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Austin American-Statesman, and United Methodist News Service