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Pittsburgh (BlackNews.com)—You are invited to attend the Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration and Juneteenth Festival on June 17-19. The City of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 200 year of incorporation and will highlight this years celebration with a recognition of African American freedom and liberty throughout the United States, Juneteenth is the official holiday in the African Americans community celebrating the end of Slavery, generally held on June 19 each year.

The local organization, Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh, has organized the Juneteenth Event from June 17-19. Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth Festival is named in honor of one of the City’s foremost and prominent African American political leader, Martin R. Delany (1812-1885). Delany was a Abolitionist, Doctor, first Black admitted to Harvard Med School, Editor, Inventor and the first line Major of the U.S. Army, appointed by President Abraham Lincoln, who advocated African American nationalism and self-reliance.

One key event of the Juneteenth Festival will be a re-enactment of the 1870 Jubilee of Freemen Parade. The original Jubilee Parade was based on the ratification of the 15th Amendment granting African American males the Right to Vote. This original Parade was a national event organized by Leaders of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Lewis Woodson (abolitionist, organizer, nationalist, orator, mentor to Martin Delany and trustee-founder of Wilberforce College) and Rev. Henry H. Garnet (Civil Right Leader, Orator, Educator, first Black Pastor to conduct a prayer/speech to the U.S. Congress and founder of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church).

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