The 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration commemorates the freeing of the final 250,000 slaves in Texas.
“This was the first time many in the crowd had heard of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln had issued two and a half years before. White slaveholders had suppressed the news of the decree freeing the slaves…” by Kenneth C. Davis, NY Times, “Juneteenth is for Everyone”, June 19, 2015.
BAPAC continues to served thousands of people in Ventura County in support of young people, social justice advocacy in the underserved communities of color and ongoing services that uplift our community. It is with open hearts that we welcome all for a fun filled day, as we always try to out do ourselves each year with live entertainment, food, healthy living information, artwork, crafts, and vendors. We are inviting you to join us as a sponsor, vendor and/or participant in this wonderful fun filled family occasion.
Ventura County’s 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 16th 2018 at the historic Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard hosted by the Black American Political Association of California Ventura County Chapter (BAPAC-VC). The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 500 South “C” St, Oxnard, CA 93030.
The FREE fun filled day for the entire family (ALL AGES). Shopping, food, games. community leaders, live music, performances and MORE!
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, rode into Galveston, Texas with news the war had ended and the slaves in Texas were now free.
It is vital to the BAPAC organization to elevate the awareness of this important piece of African American history,” states BAPAC President, Mr. Don Montgomery, “ By continuing this Juneteenth celebration we honor its significance by sharing this history with the children and families of the Ventura County community.
Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a greater national and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten. Currently, Juneteenth is enjoying phenomenal growth within communities throughout the country and is either a state holiday or a day of commemoration in the 50 states. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.
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