Inaugrual Juneteenth parade planned for Boston on Sunday

A number of Juneteenth events are planned for the weekend across the greater Boston area. Hyde Park’s second annual community wide Juneteenth Celebration is planned for Saturday from 10:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.The event will feature a 65-minute ceremonial celebration beginning with a Color Guard by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A and the singing of the Black National Anthem by Hyde Park’s own Ayeesha Lane.A parade will march Sunday from Boston’s Nubian Square to the National Center of Afro-American Artists to mark Juneteenth.Former Boston mayor Kim Janey, the city’s first Black mayor, will be honored at the celebration, and current mayor Michelle Wu will deliver remarks. Organizers with the Boston Juneteenth Committee announced the parade will begin at 1 p.m. and a formal observance will follow at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the museum. The event will feature remarks from Rachel Rollins, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.The event’s theme is “purposeful action anchored in truth.”Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states. President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021 establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

A number of Juneteenth events are planned for the weekend across the greater Boston area.

Hyde Park’s second annual community wide Juneteenth Celebration is planned for Saturday from 10:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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The event will feature a 65-minute ceremonial celebration beginning with a Color Guard by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A and the singing of the Black National Anthem by Hyde Park’s own Ayeesha Lane.

A parade will march Sunday from Boston’s Nubian Square to the National Center of Afro-American Artists to mark Juneteenth.

Former Boston mayor Kim Janey, the city’s first Black mayor, will be honored at the celebration, and current mayor Michelle Wu will deliver remarks.

Organizers with the Boston Juneteenth Committee announced the parade will begin at 1 p.m. and a formal observance will follow at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the museum. The event will feature remarks from Rachel Rollins, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

The event’s theme is “purposeful action anchored in truth.”

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.

President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021 establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

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