Juneteenth Festival Holds Flag Raising Ceremony

Juneteenth Festival begins June 17 at MLK Park

Mike Baggerman
June 09, 2017 - 3:34 pm

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Juneteenth Festival organizers were joined by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on Friday to celebrate the 5th annual African Liberation Flag Raising Ceremony.

Juneteenth will begin its 42nd year on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. It's a celebration of freedom, heritage, humanity, hope and potential, according to a release by the organization. It also celebrates the strength of enslaved Africans who helped shape the economic, artistic, and political landscape of the country. 

Along with a press conference, the flag raising ceremony was accompanied by music. 

"We are here to celebrate the contributions of the many African Americans who came to Buffalo," Juneteenth President Marcus Brown said. "Not only contributions that they made here in Buffalo and in the nation, but the world. There will be tours, we have underground railroad tours, we have get on the bus tours, we have children activities, basketball. We have anything and everything we can think of because all those contributions came from you."

Officials said the festival in Buffalo is the largest in the country. 

"This is a celebration that promotes and cultivates knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "The celebration will include guest speakers, picnics, family gatherings, and also the ability to reflect and rejoice with self-assessment and planning for the future."

Juneteenth festivities kick-off with Sankofa Week which honors African and African-American heritage, tradition, and progress. 

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