Juneteenth Jubilee  •  Saturday, June 16, 2018

Annual Reception & Festival
11:30am – 5:00pm
Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg
1701 E. Richardson St. Edinburg

26th Anniversary Memorial Observance
9:00am – 11:00am
Restlawn Cemetery
1701 E. Richardson Rd, Edinburg

Juneteenth Featured Artist Exhibit
June 7th - 21st
Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library
1906 S. Closner Blvd., Edinburg

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers landed in Galveston with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free, according to the Austin History Center. The celebration of June 19 was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants.

On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday. It's a day to celebrate African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.


City of Edinburg issued proclamation for Juneteenth 2018

2018 Juneteenth Committee

Juneteenth Brochure Page 1

Juneteenth Brochure Page 2

Juneteenth Jubilee  •  Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cemetery Memorial Service

8:30 am               The Gathering                        Hillcrest Memorial Park 1701 E. Richardson Road     
9:00 am               Walking Procession                To Restlawn Cemetery, 1122 N. Jasman Road, Edinburg, TX
9:20 am               Welcome Remarks &               Mrs. Sandra Propst, Director Hillcrest Cemetery                            Opening Prayer                       Rev. Michael Smith, Master of Ceremony
                                                                         Faith Fellowship Church, McAllen, TX; Co-Chair Juneteenth                                                                                     Memorial Service                                 
9:30 am               Presentation of Colors &         First Sergeant Ociel Suarez, EHS JROTC Bobcat Battalion                           Presentation of the                 Ms. Chya Woodard and Ms. Amaya Hernandez                                                      Juneteenth Flag      
9:45 am               Music Selection                       Ms. Loretha Laws and the Juneteenth Choir
                                                                      “National Anthem”              
9:50 am               Pledge of Allegiance &             Asst. Scout Master Joseph Williams - Brownsville Troop # 777
                           Texas Pledge                                        
9:55 am                Musical Selection                    Ms. Loretha Laws and the Juneteenth Choir                                                                                                         “Negro National Anthem”
10:00 am              Resolution                               Mr. Alex Rios, District Director for State Rep. Terry Canales,                                                                                     District 40
10:05 am             Recognitions & Special              Mr. Raymond A. Howard, Co-Chair, Juneteenth Memorial  Service                                                                             Acknowledgements
10:15 am               Remarks                                  Mr. Terry Mills, Area Coordinator, NAACP, RGV & Nueces County,                                                                             TX                                                                              
10:25 am               Music Selection                       Ms. Erika Munoz, Mission, TX                                                                                                                                 “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”   
10:30 am               Proclamations                           Hidalgo County Commission
                                                                            The Honorable Mayor Richard Molina, Edinburg, TX
10:35 am               Reflections                               Mr. Alex Moreno, Hidalgo County Historical Commission    
Mr. Joseph Fox, Asst. Education Officer MOSTHistory
                                                                            Dr. Albert Rodriguez, ECISD Alumni/ TX A&M Kingsville Hist.                                                                                   Dept.                                                     
 10:45 am              Music Selection                         Ms. Margarett Saint Jean   
                                                                         “No More Night, No More Pain, No More Tears”

 10:50 am              Proclamation                             Mr. Oscar Salinas, Board President, ECISD
10:55 am               Community Voices                     Dr. Russell Skowronek, UTRGV Assoc. Dean College of Liberal
                                                                             Arts Ms. Jillian Glantz, UTRGV Rider Newspaper    
Ms. Kimbley Callis, daughter of Lewis C. Callis      
Ms. Sabrina Walker, Edinburg Boys and Girls Club
11:05 am                Benediction &                           Rev. Michael Smith, Faith Fellowship Church of McAllen                                         Announcements                        Memorial Reception Sekula Library 1906 S. Closner, Edinburg,                                                                                 TX Community Juneteenth Festival, Edinburg City Hall
11:10 am                  Closing Song                           Audience Led by Juneteenth Choir       

                                                                                “We Shall Overcome”

Annual Reception

11:30 am     Opening Notes                       Loretha Laws, Juneteenth co-chair Annual Reception
11:35 am     Welcoming Remarks                The Honorable Mayor Richard Molina, Edinburg, TX

                          Soul Food Experience

11:50 am     Historical Reflections              Kim Callis
                                                                A Link Unknown
12:05 am     Music & Dance Selection         Lamar Jones & Wakanda Dance Troupe
12:20 pm     African American Panel           Past, Present, & Future
                                                                Maurice Welton, Owner, Edible Arrangement
                                                                Nick Maddox, Jr. Pastor, BT McAllen
                                                                Dr. Litrese Winkfield, Physician
                                                                Neva Jackson/Daittra Lopez, Retired Educator
1:05 pm       Artwork Acknowledgements    Loretha Laws, Junteenth co-chair Annual Reception
1:20 pm     Encore Performance                Kim Callis

1st annual Juneteenth Jubilee at Edinburg City Hall Courtyard

5pm             Welcome Remarks                 Samone McKinley, Juneteenth Festival Chair and Cultural Arts Manager
                                                                Magdiel Castle
                    Opening Prayer                     Pastor Carl Farmer of The Family Church
                    Presentation of Colors           Edinburg Police Department Honor Guard                                                                                                              Juneteenth and American Flags
                    Music Selection                     Mrs. Kim Callis American and Negro Anthem
5:40 pm        Dance Performance               The Inspirational dancers from Deborah Case Dance Academy
6:00 pm        Dance Performance                African Boot Dancers from Edinburg Parks and Rec
6:35 pm        Music Selection                    Juneteenth Mass Choir
7:00 pm        Welcome Address                 Honorable Mayor Richard Molina - City of Edinburg
                    Certificate Presentations       Honorable Mayor Richard Molina and Samone McKinley, Juneteenth
                                                                Festival Chair Honoring Lewis C. Callis, Founder of Edinburg Juneteenth
7:25 pm        Music Selection                     Artist Lamar Jones
7:50 pm        Music Selection                     Artist Kim Callis

8:10 pm - 8:50 pm                     DJ Spin/Mix

8:55 pm        Music Selection                      Artist Jawan
9:20 pm        Music Selection                      Artist Mecia
9:50 pm        Dance Performance                 Cupid Shuffle   
10:00 pm       Closing Remarks                     Samone McKinley, Juneteenth Festival Chair       

The Negro National Anthem: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

by James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 - June 26, 1938)

Originally written by Johnson for a presentation in celebration of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. This was originally performed in Jacksonville, Florida, by children. The popular title for this work is: 'THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM'

§  Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us, Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won.

§  Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears have been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

§  God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might

Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, Our God, where we met Thee; Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand. True

to our GOD, True to our native land        


                                                                            We Shall Overcome

                                            Attributed to the original lyrics of Charles Albert Tindley in 1900

“We Shall Overcome” is a gospel song which became a protest song and a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.

§  We shall overcome, we shall overcome, We shall overcome someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome someday.

§  The Lord will see us through, The Lord will see us through, The Lord will see us through someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome someday.

§  We're on to victory, We're on to victory, We're on to victory someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We're on to victory someday.

§  We'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand, We'll walk hand in hand someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We'll walk hand in hand someday.

§  We are not afraid, we are not afraid, We are not afraid today; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We are not afraid today.

§  The truth shall make us free, the truth shall make us free, The truth shall make us free someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, The truth shall make us free someday.

§  We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace, We shall live in peace someday; Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

We shall live in peace someday.