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                                     Juneteenth  2024 was celebrated on the grounds of Solid Rock

                                         Bible Church, Pastor A. Yvonne Hodges, 5464 Muscat Road,

                                 Hope Mills, NC 28348, Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 10:00 - 2:00

               June 19 is one of the oldest commemorations related to the abol-                                                      loved genres of music — like folk, blues, jazz, hip-hop, coun-
          ishment of slavery in the United States of America.  Juneteenth Na-                                                        try, rock and roll, gospel, spirituals, and R&B. Black music
          tional Independence Day was passed by Congress and signed into law                                                         has set the beat of the Civil Rights Movement; expressed the
          by President Joseph Bidden as a national holiday on June 7, 2021. Gov-                                                     inherent dignity and captured the pride and power of Black
          ernor Beverly Perdue was the first North Carolina Governor to pro-                                                         communities; and held a mirror to the good, the bad, and the
          claim the observance of  Juneteenth and Governor Roy Cooper has                                                            truth of our Nation.”
          continued the tradition, ( June 19, 2021).  “Juneteenth” is a Black En-                                                         African Americans have sung various genres of music:
          glish contraction of the  month “June” and the date “Nineteenth” It is                                                     spirituals and gospel, folk songs, blues, jazz,  rhythm and blues,
          the day when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned of                                                       rock and roll, soul, pop, reggae  rap, hip hop, country, and
          their freedom. Juneteenth  2024 was celebrated on the grounds of Solid                                                     Christian just to identify a few, The Museum, (Mitchell Fel-
          Rock  Bible Church, Pastor A. Yvonne Hodges, 5464 Muscat Road,                                                             lowship Building) was filled with  hundreds of albums  and
          Hope Mills, NC 28348, Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 10:00 - 2:00. Our                                                      you could request to hear any song from any album. African
          theme this year centered on  music; “Walk  Down                                                                            Americans have contributed and continue to make music for
              Memory Lane.” June is African American Music Appreciation                                                              the universe.
          Month. African American Music Appreciation Month was created by
          President Jimmy Carter in 1979 . President Joseph Bidden has said in                                                            On the grounds we had bounce houses for the young
          his Presidential Proclamation for                                                                                          and young at heart. Seth Quarmine was our DJ, and he kept
              African American Music Month, “Our Nation has only recog-                                                              the music going throughout the day. Several vendors were
          nized Black Music Month for 45 years, but its legacy stretches back to                                                     available: Donum African Store, located on 1905 Gillespie
          our country’s earliest days. Black music began when enslaved people,                                                       Street,  Deco  Mesh  door  wreath  arrangement  by  Dr. A.
          who were cruelly prohibited from communicating in their native lan-                                                        Yvonne Hodges and Floral door wreath arrangements by Mrs.
          guages, found ways to express themselves through music. Set to the                                                         Darlene McDowell, and our food vendor was Tastefully Yours
          sound of African rhythms, they captured the inhumanity, tragedy, and                                                       ( Cynthia Mitchell- Williams, entrepreneur)
          toll that America’s original sin took on their lives while also telling the                                                     We thank you for celebrating with us Juneteenth is worth
          stories of their hopes and dreams, faith and spirituality, and love and                                                    celebrating and recognizing the freedom that all African Ameri-
          purpose. Ever since, Black performers have carried on that tradition of                                                    cans should have experienced with the passage of the 13th
          using art to break down barriers, create sacred spaces for expression,                                                     Amendment. Keep sharing and telling the story of the Afri-
          and give voice to the promise of America for all                                                                           can American; American History is inclusive of all ethnic and
              Americans. They have created and shaped some of our most be-                                                           racial groups that comprise this country.
                                                                                                                                            Photo by JJ Jones

                                            honoring  JUNETEENTH

                                                                                       “Celebrating Juneteenth is important

                                                                                              to us as a community and as a

                                                                                         company. Knowing where we came

                                                                                                 from, and our history, means

                                                                                                       we can learn and grow.”

                                                                                                                               Dee M.

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