Flint, MI: Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordan Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
The word “Harambee” literally means, “all pull together” and comes from Keyna’s national language, Swahili. In Freedom School, Harambee is how we start our day. It is a time of singing, dancing, cheering, chanting, and positive affirmations. We want this even to celebrate who we are as African American people, highlight other events happening throughout the day, and encourage our children, their parents and the Flint community to “pull together” to make this city, state, country, and world a better place for all of its citizens. We will welcome Isaia Oliver, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, as our read aloud guest and look forward to fostering positive interactions and unity.
This event will take place on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19th on an outside site at Bertons Field House, 3300 Saginaw St, Flint, MI, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ending no later than 12:00 noon.
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The mission of the Flint Freedom Schools Collaborative is to coordinate organizations working together to implement Freedom Schools summer programming and year-round development and enrichment activities for youth and their families, as well as young adults and professionals.
The FFSC is culturally relevant, literacy-focused, collaborative solution to closing the educational gap, fostering positive esteem and encouraging retention and development of youth, young adults and professional talent throughout Flint and Genesee County. We believe that young people can make a difference, and we intend to support them to seek purpose and actualize progress.