Sewickley Community Center holds first Juneteenth event

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Juneteenth is the name given to June 19 when, in 1865, the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, were freed.

It has become an annual day to commemorate and celebrate freedom and equal rights for all.

In operation since the mid-1930s, The Sewickley Community Center is a non-profit organization originally founded as a recreational venue for African-Americans in Sewickley and the surrounding communities.

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HEADING THE EVENT—Organizers of the event were Miriam Rader, committee; Ingrid LaFleur Whitehead, co-organizer; and Autumn Redcross, co-organizer.

Today, the SCC is among the oldest non-profits in the area, serving the community population through its food bank, community garden, baseball field, tennis court, basketball courts, computer center, after-school program, summer camps and outdoor swimming pool. The morning activities were gardening, pilates, a basketball tournament, a pancake breakfast and a panel discussion. In the afternoon there was a street fair, outdoor pool, pick-up volley ball, soul-line dancing, teen showcase with deejay Stormin’ Norman entertaining the crowd.

 

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