Juneteenth, initiated on June 19th, 1865, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States -- the greatest labor victory in this country's history. |
In following tradition, UCW's Juneteenth 2014 banquet will feature the barbecue pit as the center of attention and will focus on education, self-improvement and jubilation.
Dress was an important element in early Juneteenth customs so we ask that you dress to impress but remain comfortable as this is an outdoor event.
Arrivals, from 5:00 - 5:30 pm, will be greeted by the soulful songs of Valencia Robinson of Memphis.
The barbecue pit will be open as folks arrive and accompanied by a buffet of potluck-style sides and desserts. We would like for the food to be abundant with everyone preparing a special dish.
The program will begin at 5:45 with a short history about Juneteenth, UCW, and the Put the People First coalition and campaign. Saladin Muhammad, will deliver the key note address on our charge as Southern workers, teachers and learners, and engaged citizens in moving forward and organizing ourselves into a social movement.
Saladin is founder and previous national chair of Black Workers For Justice, Coordinator of the International Worker Justice Campaign, Retired International Representative with United Electrical Workers (UE), member of the Million Worker March, and member of the Black Left Unity Network (BLUN).
He has also played important roles in facilitating the Southern Workers Assembly and consistent labor participation in North Carolina's Forward Together Moral Movement and it's Moral Monday's protests.
The Poet Adam, will be joining us to write personalized poems just for you!
The dance floor will open under the guidance of DJ Witnesse and his collection of rare Memphis Soul 45s!
Door prizes donated by local artists and artisans will be given throughout the night!
We hope you will join us!
for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
or leave a voicemail or text at (615) 592-0771
East Parkway Pavilion at Overton Park (View)
389 E. Parkway N.
Memphis, TN 38104
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|