Palm Beach State to host June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – The Palm Beach State College Chap­ter of the Na­tional Coun­cil on Black Amer­i­can Af­fairs is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the College’s Dis­trict Di­ver­sity Coun­cil and Stu­dent Ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate, June­teenth, the his­toric event 156 years ago when slaves in Texas were fi­nally in­formed that the Civil War was over, and slav­ery had ended in the United States.

The 15th An­nual June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion on June 19 be­gins at 6 p.m. in the Pub­lic Safety Train­ing Cen­ter con­fer­ence room on the Lake Worth cam­pus and will in­clude net­work­ing, food and a view­ing of Mar­vel Stu­dios’ “Black Pan­ther” out­side on the lawn. It is free and open to the pub­lic.

The Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion was is­sued on Sept. 22, 1862 with a Jan. 1, 1863 ef­fec­tive date. How­ever, the word did not reach those in Texas un­til June 19, 1865 when fed­eral troops ar­rived on Galve­ston Is­land to take pos­ses­sion of the state and en­force the eman­ci­pa­tion of its slaves.

“Teach­ing peo­ple about mul­ti­cul­tural is­sues is al­ways im­por­tant,’’ said Pro­fes­sor Vic­tor Gent, J.D., NCBAA chap­ter pres­i­dent. “It gives them an op­por­tu­nity to con­sider cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive top­ics such as race. Any­thing that you have that al­lows peo­ple to re­flect on and ques­tion their as­sump­tions about var­i­ous cul­tural groups is good be­cause peo­ple in­fre­quently get an op­por­tu­nity to do that. This event is an op­por­tu­nity to see that process oc­cur.”

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