June 14, 2008

Juneteenth Day in Racine... Caron steals the show

Pay attention, son, this is your first Juneteenth!

It was Juneteenth Day in Racine on Saturday, celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in 1863. But it was not Abraham Lincoln who got all the attention here, not when Caron Butler was present at the Bryant Center.

There was lots going on -- gospel singers, great food, games for the kids, booths set up by various organizations. But once Caron appeared, the Washington Wizards star from Racine stole the show.

Here are some pictures from the event, starting with one of Caron, who spoke about his 3D's that got him where he is, a star in the NBA: Discipline, Determination and Dedication.

Caron Butler is everywhere this weekend in Racine

Tom White, head of the Community Action Agency

Nothing better than corn almost as big as you are!

Beverly Hicks, head of the Racine NAACP

Allena Berry, Park valedictorian, plays a violin solo

Pictures of Caron's earlier bicycle giveaway, and a schedule of other events with him this weekend, are HERE.

And HERE's the Journal Times' coverage of Caron Butler's Friday activities.


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  2. I live across the street from the celebration. It made me smile to hear the music, see children on pony rides, and know that black Americans can have this day to celebrate freedom. We have a long way to go though because we should all be celebrating Juneteenth Day because if one person is not free, no one is.

  3. Don't forget about all the African-American overnight shootings to help celebrate Juneteenth Day in Racine.

  4. Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. Americans of African descent were trapped in the tyranny of enslavement on the country’s first “4th of July”, 1776, Independence Day.

    It took over 88 for the news of freedom to be announced in Southwest Texas, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln.

    29 states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, the District of Columbia, as well as the Congress of the United States.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a national holiday in America!

    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)