Harlem Native Sheds Light on Juneteenth at MLK Center Fundraiser

The Fort Harrison recently the fifth annual Harlem Nights event in recognition of Juneteenth, an event held in honor of the freeing of African American slaves following the Emancipation Proclamation.

The 5th Annual Harlem Nights event was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Fort Harrison located in downtown Clearwater in celebration of Juneteenth, an African American event started in Texas to memorialize the fact that two years after the Emancipation Proclamation the slaves there found out they had been freed. June 19th was established as a holiday in Texas the following year and has spread to 37 others states in the US since.

All proceeds from the tickets sales were donated to the Clearwater Martin Luther King Community Coalition, a grassroots group of citizens who took over the Clearwater MLK Community Center in order to save it from demolition and maintain it for the Greenwood neighborhood of Clearwater that it has served for over 40 years.>>

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