After a year of sorrow and loss, it is time for RENEWAL & REMEMBERANCE! After 500 years, the descendants of enslaved African Americans are FINALLY getting the acknowledgment that has been long overdue!! The president of the United States signed into Law making JUNETEENTH A FEDERAL HOLIDAY!! So as YAAHC has been doing for the past seven years in downtown Yonkers, we held our 'Annual Juneteenth African Heritage Celebration'. Even though there was no parade this year, we still brought the community and City of Yonkers three days of education, celebration and commemoration!!!
Bringing back the attention on supporting 'Black-owned businesses' by having a large variety of quality vendors, nonprofit organizations and other corporations. We also had our Summer stage, which celebrated African American music and we honored our youths for their talent and academic achievement by rewarding them with certificates, plaques, medals and gifts cards! There was even FUN TIME with outdoor activities for our youths to enjoy. :)
This year was extra special, because New York State was the FIRST state in the United States to acknowledge Juneteenth by making it a holiday. This acknowledgement is not just about celebrations, it is about EDUCATION!!!!
Educating not just African Americans on the lost and accurate information, but educating other people/cultures, so that the NARRATIVE can be respected and understood!!
We want to THANK the media outlets: Channel 12 news and Yonkers Voice for sharing our events with the rest of Westchester County.
This year's celebration was appreciated and respected by MANY!!!
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