Juneteenth Celebration

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13th Documentary (6pm – 7:45pm)

directed by Ava DuVernay

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.


Total Experience Gospel Choir (8pm – 9pm)

The award winning and world renown Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm – humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle’s Franklin High School in 1973. Since then the choir has grown to become a nationally and internationally known gospel singing group.

PROCLAMATION by Renton Mayor Dennis Law
Whereas, we acknowledge the notice of freedom given to the slaves of the State of Texas
on June 19, 1865; and
Whereas, we give honor and respect on this day to the suffering of our ancestors and we
acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath; and
Whereas, on this celebration we think about the moment in 1888, when 300 Black men
from Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky were determined to escape the terrorism of
the post-Civil War South as they boarded trains for the Washington territory and settled
in King County mining camps; and
Whereas, the story and outspokenness of James Shepperson, an educated Black man
who settled in Roslyn, WA in 1888, inspired many other blacks to flee the south at great
risk and pursue new opportunities in Washington state as miners; and
Whereas, we acknowledge African American freedom, contributions and
achievements within this community, past and present; and
Whereas, during this Juneteenth event we appreciate the African American
experience and celebrate the inclusion of all races, ethnicities, nationalities; and,
Whereas, we commit to working together toward equity for all in expanding
economic, educational, and career opportunities for all those in our community;
Now, therefore, I, Denis Law, Mayor of the City of Renton, do hereby proclaim
June 19, 2018, to be
Juneteenth 2018
in the City of Renton, and I encourage all citizens to join me in this celebration.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the
City of Renton to be affixed this 18th day of June, 2018.

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