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- a - 12h FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM II SUNDAY JUNE 13 1976 - 12h FORT WORTH STARTELEGRAM 111 SUNDAY JUNE 13 1976 Juneteenth adds continuity to black tradition In the spring of 1974 a group of interested citizens and an organization called the Fort Worth Community Development - Fund announced plans to revive the 19th of June popularly known among Texans as "JuneIeenth" The 19th of June marks the day slaves in this ' state received word of their emancipation in 1865 two years after President Lincoln issued Abe Emancipation Proclamation In the years after that message of freedom Juneteenth took on the festiveness of a tradi tional celebration comparable to the nation's independence day on July the 4th Juneteenth vas a time for barbecue baseball red soda water and lemonade It was a time for rejoicing - But the celebration died in the late 1950s and '60s as intergration became the vogue For : many blacks during that time Juneteenth was Just a memory buried in history books and old flewspaper clippings t 4 "THERE ARE THOSE who still maintain the celebration of Juneteenth is a form of alienation a counter-intergration activity" Ilenry Masters director of the Community - Development Fund said - "But that's not true" he continued "Everybody is invited to participate in Juneteenth It began on June 19 1865 when Maj Gen Gordon Granger landed at Galveston and issued in the name of the : US government a proclama' ton declaring all of the approximately 200000 slaves in Texas free The message of freedom reached Texas two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on Jan 1 1863 : Slavery for the most part went undisturbed in Texas during the Civil War So when President Lincoln issued the proclamation in 1863 there was nobody in Texas to enforce it—until-Granger and his troops arrived historians have noted When the word of freedom got out in Galveston folks went wild in that area Still most of the slaves were in East Texas and government - troops moved inland to spread the word "Now just like up in other states there were some pockets where some (slave) masters maintained strict control t even after the amendment !' abolishing slavery But on the whole slavery throughout the state slavery as an institution was abolished" Dr Melvin Banks of Dallas Bishop College said THE EARLIEST Juneteenth celebrations were occasions for political rally ing where the newly freed slaves received voting instructions Later the festivities began and Juneteenth became a day for baseball picnicking and in some places preaching The celebrations grew as blacks concentrated in the Fort Worth-Dallas area in Mexia throughout East Texas and in Houston In 1939 the Star-Telegram announced that 55 former slaves were to be guests of honor at an Emancipation Day celebration at the Negro Masonic mosque on East Third Street One June 19 1940 a parade led the way to Greenway Park on East Belknap Street a traditional gathering place for Juneteenth festivities In 1950 the Star-Telegram reported that black citizens in Fort Worth flocked to Forest Park and Botanic Garden to celebrate June 19 A group of black ministers complained in 1953 that public parks and amusement facilities were open to blacks only on Juneteenth The group asked blacks to boycott these facilities HOWEVER the Star-Telegram reported the next day that more than 1000 Juneteenth observers visited Forest Park Zoo Something began happening to the Juneteenth spirit in the years to come "It was the beginning of the activities One of the things that makes America a Democracy prototype is its openness and insistence and spiritual commitment to ethnic pluralism There's no violation of this spirit when blacks or browns or any other group celebrates its history" Juneteenth is more than a festive event organizers of the celebration maintain When Masters announced three years ago the Community Development Fund and interested black citizens were resurrecting Juneteenth he said: "WE'RE ESTABLISHING an annual celebration that provides a vehicle to link the past with the present and provides a kind of continuity to black folk tradition in Texas Juneteenth means more than drinking red soda pop" Last year more than 30000 people attended the Juneteenth Festival in Sycamore Park officials of the event estimated More are expected to attend this year's four-day event beginning June 17 in the park Heading the Juneteenth committee this year are Mrs Marie Brooks and Jap Jones "A lot of things have contributed to the kind of success we've had in organizing the Juneteenth Festival the last two years" Masters said He attributes some of the success to the "psychological void" that exists in the Juneteenth observances started in Galveston in 1865 battle of—Talent Concert fridav June IR 1976 Booth Preparations iltineteent THIRD ANNUAL JUNETEENTh FESTIVAL JUNE 17-20 1976 SYCAMORE PARK SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES Thursclav June 17 1976 Sycamore Park Festivities begin—food concession open Sycamore Park ArtCrafts and special display Carnival Rides Kiddie Land Tennis Invitational Open Air Concert Miss Juneteenth Pageant Rodeo Black Film Festival Saturdavjune 19197Q Junettenth Parade Downtown Fort Worth Invitational Tennis Tournament (Singles Championship) Sycamore Park Park festivities continue Sycamore Park Special Ceremony--"Tribute to Black Music Tradition" Sycamore Park Western Slow Stop-Six Corral Baseball Double-header Grapevine Bombers vs Viorld's Greatest Mansfield Tigers vs Cleburne Trojans Sycamore Park Open Air Concert Rodeo Black Film Festival June 20 197 Park testivities continue Presentation of awards and prizes Motorcycle Show Open Air Concert MI activities open Western Show Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Oakbrook Mall Stop-Six Corral Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Stop-Six Corral Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Tennis Invitational (Double Championship) Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Sycamore Park Syatmore Park Stop-Six Corral Dontown Seminary South North East Mali 3-8:30 pm 9-12 Noon 12 Noon-10:30 pm 12 Noon-10:30 pm 12 Noon-10:30 pm 12 Noon-10:30 pm 4-8 pm 24 pm & 7-930 pm 8 pm 7 pm 8:45-10 pm 10 am 10 asm-12 noon 12 noon10:30 pm 1 pm 1-5 pm 24 pm 4:30-6:30 pm 6-8 p & 940:30 pm 7 pm 8:4540 pm 2 pm40-30 pm 24 pm 5 pm 2 pm-10:30 pm 2 pm-10:30 pm intergration movement" said Dr Banks who has taught history at Bishop College for more than 40 years "Black folks didn't want anything that might attach them to the ancient stigma of being black "It was the big battle raging for equality for first-class citizenship At that time anything that smacked of the old order was frowned upon" In 1961 the Star-Telegram told of the apparent loss of enthusiasm in Fort Worth's Juneteenth celebrations "NOT A BARBECUE or a picnic was scheduled for the Fort Worth Negro community as a whole and the traditional 19th of June rodeo has been deferred to July 4" an article stated A spokesman for the black community explained that Negroes "these days" were focusing on the ideal of unity of the races and did not concede any longer that a separate independence day was needed It was almost 10 years later that Juneteenth began to reemerge The new black pride movement rekindled an interest in black history The black-is-beautiful trend extended to an almost forgotten Juneteenth In 1974 the Community Development Fund and several interested citizens formally resurrected the 19th of June for Fort Worth citizens black community "a kind of emptiness that has been precipitated by the whole intergration-assimilation process of gaining a foothold in the mainstream of America" "JUNETEENTII IS an occasion for reflecting upon the whole ethnic question as we look back in retrospect at those events which brought Jtmeteenth into being" Masters said "Any group that has gone through what black people have gone through needs a Juneteenth celebration a symbol of victory a landmark from which we began to step forward and see a new day "It's true for Jewish people who celebrate the Passover Its true for Mexican-Americans who celebrate Cinco de Mayo and its true for this country which celebrates the 4th of July There's always an intrinsic need for celebrating rallying around a victorious event" As Texas blacks observe the 19th of June --Slar-Tekgram Photo JUNETEEN'TH DESIGN — Miss Ea rline Miles left and Mrs Marie Brooks Juneteenth committee co-chairpersons display the design used on Juneteenth T-shirts Commercial artist Virgil White created the design depicting famous black Americans Shirts may be purchased at the Community Development Fund office at Oakbrook Mall 2871 S Riverside Drive Calendar of Juneteenth events The third annual Juneteenth Festival at Sycamore Park Thursday through Sunday will provide activities for persons with a wide range of ages and interests A Battle of Talent concert will begin the celebration from 3 to 8:30 pm Thursday Bands from the Fort Worth-Dallas area will compete for prizes FRIDAY —Festivities continue at noon when the arts and crafts and other special displays open Carnival rides Kiddie Land and the food concessions will be open from noon to 10:30 pm Open-air concerts will be presented from 2 until 4 pm and 7 to 9:30 pm The Sycamore Invitational Tennis Tournament is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm A film festival depicting the social and cultural life styles of black people will be featured from 8:45 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday Two Juneteenth events will be conducted away from Sycamore Park — rodeo competition begins at 7 pm at the Stop-Six Corral and the Miss Juneteenth Pageant will be at 8 pm at Oakbrook Mall SATURDAY — The Jimeteenth parade begins at 10 am downtown The singles championship will be determined from 8 am until noon in the tennis Eloquent speaker died in poverty Samuel Ringgold Ward an He became a professional eloquent speaker was ad- antislavery agent in I1139 and vertised as the black Daniel was one of the first blacks to Webster join the Liberty party the nation observes its 200th birthday The to celebrations can have a comfortable relationship as long as both are viewed realistically Masters said "I DON'T THINK there's any conflict or inconsistency in celebrating both Juneteenth and the Bicentennial event as long as one can keep things in proper historical perspective By that I mean being acutely aware of what the meaning of Juneteenth is and also recognizing the great contributions black people have made in this country in spite of those difficult odds" he said "We would have to recognize that although Crispus Attucks was one of the first black soldiers to die for America during the war with the British it was much much later in history that black slaves in America actually won their freedom" Masters said Juneteenth has been declared an official Bicentennial event by the Fort Worth Bicentennial committee KERATM plans a blockbuster for Jun eteenth KERA-FM 90 will observe the 19th of June with an 11- hour Jtmeteenth Blockbuster beginning at 7 am June 19 The Jtmeteenth Blockbuster will feature black music poetry drama and history with special tributes to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson actor Paul Robeson comedian "Moms" ltlabley and author Lorraine Hansberry In addition humor will be in terpersed throughout the broadcast The humor aspect of the program will show how racism historically has been a part of America's black and white cultures blockbuster producers Bob Ray Sanders and Bob Bordelon said KERA-FM is serving as the Fort Worth-Dallas Juneteenth headquarters and local Juneteenth activities will be announced during the program Black first to fall at Boston Massacre Several black men were in the group which fought British soldiers on the night of March 5 1770 popularly known as the Boston Massacre Crispus Attucks a mulatto described by historians as tall and brawny was the first person shot and killed by British soldiers tournament Festivities at Sycamore Park continue at noon with the opening of displays and concessions which will be open until 10:30 pm A "Tribute to Black Music Tradition" a history of black mtsic through spirittints and other folk songs will be given at I pm The Stop-Six Corral will be the site of a western show from 1 to 5 pm Rodeo competition will continue there at 7 pm A baseball doubleheader pits the Grapevine Bombers vs the World's Greatest beginning at 2 pm and the Mansfield Tigers take on the Cleburne Trojans at 4:30 pm A softball game matching the Dirt Street Gang against all comers is scheduled at 7:30 pm Open-air concerts will be presented from 6 to 8 pm and from 9 until 10:30 pm SUNDAY — Festivities continue at Sycamore Park from 2 until 10:30 pm The tennis tournament features the doubles championship from 1:30 until 5 pm Awards and prizes in various contests will be presented at 5 pm Open-air concerts will be given from 2 until 10:30 pm A rodeo will be conducted at 3 pm at Stop Six Corral No admission fee will be charged for activities at the Juneteenth Festival He left America in 1851 went to England and then to Jamaica where he died in poverty 6wA1117 II mt 9 Always a Winner! i 141 lock Absorber EA SPECIALS C 6-13-WE1 Shock Absorber MON 12 14 OZ con Be Sure Your Air Conditioner Is Cooling At Maximum Capacity! V2C PLY SPECIALS NEIto"or:2 ABOEBBEZ SPECIALS GOOD SUN 6-13-WED 6-16 World's Finest Motor OM 1 OW40 r wawa b44PAI MOTOR OIL 30W C Qt it3 to Sc juneteenth Riding club broadens participation The Circle L 5 Riding Club the only black riding club in Fort Worth began 20 years ago in the back yard of Ed Landers of Lake Como For years the club only participated in the Lake Como Fourth of July Parade But in 1968 the black cowboys participated for the first time in the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show parade and later were judged the best dressed riding club in the parade The Circle L 5 Riding Club subsequently was invited to the Tyler Rose Festival the State Fair parades and the Sun Flower Riding Club Parade in Wichita Kan They have journeyed throughout Texas and Oklahoma for various parades and rodeos mtke HOT - LINKS 10 tx $7" More than 50 members — men women and children — make up the club billed as a family-oriented recreational organization Walter Smith is president of Circle L 5 The club usually sponsors its annual rodeo on July 4th but club officials now say they will sponsor their annual event during Juneteenth festivities The rodeo at the Stop-Six Corral at Eastland and Loop 820 will begin at 7 pm Friday and Saturday and at 3 pm Sunday A western show will entertain spectators at 1 pm Saturday freArdrirAndrAindri4 HUD-FHA-VA HOMES t CHANDLER REAL ESTATE g )531-1101 310S MO Dot 11 41FAIVAPWJArAratrAVAN PLANS BETTER TRIPS MEMBERS SAY CALL 335-4871 3426 W 7th Ip ® BRISKETS lb 99c 20-22 Count in case 51b $9195 case ala SPARE RIBS I Lean IL lb $1491 I" r tit' el A SPECIAL 4JN ----7- t CONGRATULATION 46 JUN I t ON YOUR 14 2 :4 ETEIENTH r ----116' I We f ' We salute the Community Development Fund ' Committee and the Fort Worth Juneteenth Commit- tee ea t ifngo r ot hnee exciting 0 rn gi c as beds i gunl ief i coof necv: events cJoumnem eptni uo-s nineteen (Juneteenth) This is an important dote in the history of our state and nation g4h dr1— f11 YOUR HOME HOME OWNED & OPERATED FOOD STORE 5428 E RAMEY 4931 E ROSEDALE 1300 E ROSEDALE 4400 E BERRY 1900 EVANS 4445 RIVER OAKS BLVD 724 N SYLVANIA 1201 E SEMINARY DR - "THERE ARE THOSE who still maintain ''''"j --- --- -- -- '“ - - N-k- Tv w '- KERA-FM plans c— :ic jutiguutim utw aut tA)rral at nasuano ana - - — 0 Brooks d J J le roos anap ones 1 the celebration of Juneteenth is a form of dressed riding club in the Loop 820 will begin at 7 pm rArArilArJArAratrArAP alienation a counter-intergration activity" "A lot of things have contributed to the kind ' ' 7 parade lienry Masters director of the Community of success we've had in organizing the ' ' ' ' ' a blockbuster The Circle L 5 Riding Club - Development Fund said Juneteenth Festival the last two years" Mas- or- subsequently was invited to an au - "But that's not true" he continued "Every- ters said He attributes some of the success to ' er ' for iLineteenth the Tyler Rose Festival the PLANS BETTER TRIPS body is invited to participate in Juneteenth the "psychological void" that exists in the k ‘s 1 KERA-FM 90 will observe State Fair parades and the 0111 Sun Flower Riding Club Pa- ' ' ' ' ' !11 " the 19th of June with an 11- rade in Wichita Kan They 41L MEMBERS SAY '-Juneteenth observances T '-f-1) i hour nineteenth Blockbuster - —01'-' - ' beginning at 7 am Jim loe 19 have journeved throughout Texas and Oklahoma for vari- CALL 3354871 3426 W 7th 1 'Itt - i The nineteenth Bckbus- ous parades and rodeos if' ter will feature black music - - - - -: - 4 2 poetry drama and history i started in Galveston in 1865 t with special tributes to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson ac- f ii ff 19th'81Ipwawsa d Mi tor Paul Robeson comedian i a uei millEs 1 i It began on June 19 1865 slaves received voting intergration movement" !4:4-'7-7-::N S '''7 -fi '4t11'' I :1 ' M o I o' "Moms" 1‘1 a si - r bl y d author :i:f k1 §$ !! k 4 04 Lorraine thoiir V:i :i'- 0'$ when aj Gen Gordon instructions Later the festiv- said Dr Banks who has 7 7kk ' 4 1 aine H I P::::- N VK ?9e' 'ii: 416--Alib1111 I Aiiimi ' Granger landed at Galveston Ales began and Juneteenth taught history at Bishop Col- it' '14 --'44i: 1 1 ':t -4114k --T-)-- A tion humor will be in- OENEIN and issued in the name of the became a day for baseball lege for more than 40 years 'k) -1 f' i ' A terpersed throughout the ' Black folks didn't want any- 4 v'''' ' MEATY " : - LS government a proclama- picnicking and in some broadcast 12 SPARERIBS HOT Summer - tion declaring all of the ap- places preaching thing that might attach them tt - v- A r t irk fiN Igi The humor aspect of the proximately 200000 slaves in The celebrations grew as to the ancient stigma of being ' i 10A j Iha program will show how rac- a 11 Texas free blacks concentrated in the black - S' '' ''''i ' i i:214 g 7 ism historically has been a :--73:k I LI 1 29 LINI(S SAUSAGE The message of freedom Fort Worth-Dallas area in "It was the big battle rag- f ' 't ''n 1 part of America's black and IP:IL 30 $3600 10 l$79° - L TAt - 1 the L reached Texas two years af- Ilexia throughout East Tex- ing for equality for first-class s A white cultures blockbuster lb by stick 11J 69c ter the Emancipation Procla- as and in Houston citizenship At that time any- -- v ' -9 i - tsi and Bob Bordelon said producers Bob Ray Sanders mel - box bs "Mb t1 '' 1 : mation went into effect on In 1939 the Star-Telegram thing that smacked of the old t Jan 1 1863 announced that 55 former order was frowned upon" ' 1 11 f ' ' I ' KERA-FM is serving as the -1--1-- 011i ' ' xiel "' ' m- - Fort Worth-Dallas Big ri ae 1 t)Z pOORTHOOSELMARKE11 Slavery for the most part slaves were to be guests of In 1961 the Star-Telegram ' i3O ' ! went undisturbed in Texas honor at an Emancipation told of the apparent loss of en- S EASTI f k4 Att' ' Juneteenth headquarters and local Juneteenth activities BARBEQUE SAUCE - s 3111 ELKNAP during the Civil War So Day celebration at the Negro thusiasm in Fort Worth's 4- ' 1 ' Z 1461 J : I when President Lincoln is- Masonic mosque on East Juneteenth celebrations -: 7--' will be announced during the ' ! 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'1'4: 2 2 e 1 II I ' N A c -2413 'Ilkao displays open A baseball doubleheader pits the Grapevine ' - - Carnival rides Kiddie Land and the food Bombers vs the World's Greatest beginning concessions will be open from noon to 10:30 at 2 pm and the Mansfield Tigers take on the 1 1 pm Cleburne Trojans at 4:30 pm tiff Open-air concerts will be presented from 2 A softball game matching the Dirt Street 'r: t until 4 pm and 7 to 9:30 pm Gang against all comers is scheduled at 7:30 - The Sycamore Invitational Tennis Tourna- pm ' it ti 4 A SPECIAL ment is scheduled from 6 to 8 m Open-air concerts will rrITTTIT I I T A T p ll be presented f 6 'VIVrom 1 Thursday ifinekd171 1197-1246 IJU 14E4 k J I I I' I 11240 9 Q91i tion oegins at i pm at tne stop-six corral ana Awards and prizes in various contests will 11 14Vtly14 juNEITEENTH the Miss Juneteenth Pageant will be at 8 pm be presented at 5 pm I at Oakbrook Mall Open-air concerts will be given from 2 until I I ID r IN JUNETEENTH A mo mr:)144 SPECIALS itt 4 A II I 104 tit TO Iv( ittra -14 ' IVE cal Ot 110EI from W t' ABgEI2Bgno igclum3m vA 1 rTmiti-11111111Iii ek --) no por467-4-- -www0 - '' k -- ------kl:' ----- littIVOLINE MOTOR Olt' -Tc— Shil2kill 4111i - I IL I - latar ed) SPI a 0 a i

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