June 15, 2013

Media Advisory

Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in U.S.

The City of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Missouri State University's Division for Diversity & Inclusion and the NAACP is hosting Juneteenth today, an annual celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Noon – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013
Silver Springs Park, 1300 N. National Ave., Springfield, MO

A variety of activities are planned in the park to commemorate African American freedom, including spoken word, praise dances, poems, gospel rap and other local talent. This year's activities will include performers from Columbia and Kansas City.

"Juneteenth emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time celebrated across the country when, people of all races, nationalities and religions acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today," said Francine Pratt, assistant to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at MSU and Drury College Scholars Program coordinator. "Many cities, including Springfield, are recognizing this day as an opportunity to celebrate everyone's freedom!"

This event is one of two initiatives under consideration in the Field Guide 2030, the City of Springfield's Strategic Plan. The other initiative is an annual Jazz Festival the first Friday of October each year.

For more information, contact: Francine Pratt at fpratt@missouristate.edu or 916.541.1675.

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