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Juneteenth Celebrated in Coachella

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Juneteenth was recently celebrated in the Coachella Valley with this year’s theme being “R.E.D.” an acronym for Rebuild, Empower and Deliver.

Guests experienced a compilation of musical genres from Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Gospel, R&B and Neo-Soul, as well as music videos and presentations on large screens. The evolution of music was promoted throughout the venue in celebration of Black Music Month.

Pioneer Awards were presented to honor individuals who have helped to promote the free circulation of ideas and beliefs, stood up against adversity, helped local communities, raised awareness about a specific issue or cause, mobilized to change policy, supported silenced voices, promoted opportunities through education, entrepreneurship, sports, medicine, networking and law, and who actively and consistently advocates for children.

This year’s honorees include: Pastor Rosie Anderson, Janice Harrell, Annette Aviles, Percy “Master P” Miller, Linda Gaston, Cheryl Brown, Troy Strange, Synthia Saint James, Sherri Howard, Eddie Gilreath, Ophelia Lucas-Seals, and Quinton Esgson.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an American holiday honoring African American heritage and celebrated by people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.

It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 32 states of the United States.

Juneteenth in the Coachella Valley is the annual fundraising event for the Family Health & Support Network, Inc.

Children's Fund. FHSN a private non-profit Foster Family Agency providing quaility programs and services to Riverside County children and youth.

For more information on Juneteenth in the Coachella Valley, visit their website at www.juneteenthcv.com.