Wichita Falls Celebrates Juneteenth

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. 
 
Community member, Lindsey Walker said, "It was at this point in time, in Texas history that the black America found out that war was over and that all Americans were free, there was no more slavery." 
 
Supporters say Juneteenth gives people an opportunity to celebrate unity, freedom and equal rights in the U.S. 
 
"That freedom, so many things we had to go through, our four founding fathers had to go through, it's important for us to remember from where we came," Rosie Flanigan, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc said. "You can't go forward if you don't know your history and for that reason we celebrate." 
 
But for the sorority, this day is also about giving back. 
 
Vice president of the sorority, Shunta McFadden said, "This is out an opportunity to raise funds to give to our beautillion, a celebration for young men who graduated and they are able to participate in our scholarship program." 
 
With every plate of pancakes sold, the organization is able to support academic achievement and provide scholarships to deserving young African American men and women. 
 
"We want to show that community helps itself, and we want to be there to do that and this is our way to be a positive light to show that we're doing something to help," McFadden stated. 
 
Walker said, "Too often we see too much division in communities but the one crowning thing about Juneteenth, it brings all fractions of the city together, that we might be able to jointly enjoy one instant in history where we all felt the same." 
 
The city of Electra will also have their Juneteenth celebration next Saturday, June 24th at the Electra Community Center located at 501 E. Roosevelt. The event kicks off at 10 A.M. And it's free for all to attend. 

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