Juneteenth 2014 Celebration

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Juneteenth 2014 Celebration

Join the Aspiring Writers Circle and Library Staff Read-In

Juneteenth 2014 LogoHave you thought about joining the Aspiring Writers Circle, but just haven't gotten around to it?  Been looking for a project to spark your creativity?  Well, here's your chance! 

The Aspiring Writers Circle and Popular Services staff are celebrating Juneteenth with a multimedia event.  We will be sharing original works and letters from slaves at the celebration. 

We are seeking a variety of performance pieces, so consider this your call for submissions:

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston to inform inhabitants of the Civil War's end two months earlier. Two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Granger's General Order Number 3 finally freed the last 250,000 slaves whose bondage, due to the minimal Union presence in the region, had been essentially unaffected by Lincoln's efforts.

To commemorate this joyous day, we are sponsoring a Juneteenth “Read In”. We invite you to submit original works that celebrate strength, courage, and freedom that Juneteenth represents.  Works should be submitted no later than Friday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. Registrations should be made immediately.
  • Works should run no longer than 5 minutes
  • Works should be original creations, but may be existing or written specifically for the read-in
  • Registration is required online, at the link below, as soon as possible
  • Works must be submitted electronically, as specified on the entry form, no later than 5:30 p.m. on May 30.
  • Works may be poetry, essays, monologues, dialogues, flash fiction or a prior blog entry.
Your submission may also be published as part of a Juneteenth 2014 commemorative anthology.

Follow this link to register, if you would like to participate.

Listen below to learn a little bit about the history of Juneteenth. You'll also get to hear a poem written by Michelle Conn, one of the readers participating in the Juneteenth event: