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Africans Rising Together 2063 will hold the first annual Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Walkathon A Long Journey to Equal Citizenship at Cricket Field in Forest Park on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Juneteenth is the most recognized Emancipation Day celebration in the United States. It commemorates the day that enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, heard the news of their freedom. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863; the news did not reach the entire country until June 19, 1865. For the first time, Mayor Tishaura Jones, Honorary Chair of the Walkathon, has marked Juneteenth as a city holiday. Friday, June 18th will be a paid holiday for city employees in honor of Juneteenth. “It is an honor to be named Honorary Chair for this inaugural Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Walkathon event. Juneteenth is a day when we not only celebrate our freedom, but also recognize that that freedom should not be taken for granted because we all know it is never guaranteed. I encourage everyone to show up, celebrate their heritage, and reflect on our shared history so we can build a brighter future for all in St. Louis and around the world,” Mayor Jones said. Proceeds raised will assist Africans Rising Together 2063 to promote education, cultural awareness, and training on building wealth among African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora, Africans on the Continent and other citizens. “The Walkathon will serve as a vehicle to unite the community and mark this important month in our history and provide knowledge about the significance of the Caribbean Heritage Month, Emancipation Proclamation, also known as the African American Preamble, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments that legislate equal citizenship in the United States of America,” said Dr. James Tucker, President of Africans Rising Together 2063. The family-friendly, one or three-mile walkathon path will feature biographical information about influential Black historical activists and th
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