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Own Your Freedom: a celebration of Black Independence Day – Afro American Newspaper

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By AFRO Staff
A day of food, festivities and fun was celebrated among family and friends on June 10 at the “Own Your Freedom” event in honor of  Juneteenth. Speaker and entrepreneur Cheryl D. Gray hosted the event, which included a signing for her book “In Support of Myself.” 
The Juneteenth celebration recognized the historic date on June 19, 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that all enslaved people were freed. Approximately five years later, in the 1870s, a small group of approximately 10 former slaves gathered $800 to purchase land in Houston. That space is now known as Emancipation Park, where they could host Juneteenth celebrations for years to come. 
Performances from U Street Theatre Group and songstress AM Angel brought joy to the crowd while charitable organizations shared information on community resources. 
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