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Juneteenth: In the midst of national rallies and celebrations, more cities, states and universities set it as an official holiday



Protesters march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Juneteenth, known as the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, has not yet become a US national holiday. While it has been celebrated by black Americans for more than 150 years, states, cities and universities throughout the country have begun to recognize dates that are often overlooked as dates that deserve greater recognition.

Starting next year, Juneteenth will officially become a holiday in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.

“We will work with all unions to work through the plan, giving today the importance and proper recognition. Every city worker, every student will have the opportunity to reflect on our historical meaning and truth, and to think about the work we must do to front, “said de Blasio.

The appointment of an official holiday in the city is also complemented by the formation of a new commission that will work to understand the impact of structural and institutional racism in New York City and “make a historical record of racial discrimination, with an emphasis on housing, criminal justice, racism’s environment and public health,” according to the broadcast city ​​press.

“The movement led by African-Americans turned this country into the core and will continue. So this is only the beginning to acknowledge this holiday, but we have a lot to do,” de Blasio said.

In Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a proclamation recognizing June 19 as “Juneteenth Day” in the nation’s capital, calling this year’s celebration “very important when Black Lives Matter demonstrations took place in all 50 American states and around the world to protest centuries. “century of police brutality and systemic racism against African Americans.”

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The Governors of Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia, Kansas and Illinois were among the leaders of the state that issued an official proclamation that designated June 19 as “Juneteenth Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth Recognition Day.”

In Minnesota, where the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations throughout the United States and the world, Governor Tim Walz said in a proclamation that “Juneteenth marks the Independence Day of our two countries.”

“We must do everything in our power to jointly deconstruct the generation of systemic racism in our country so that everyone in Minnesota – Black, Native, Brown, and White – can be safe and developed,” Walz said.

In his official proclamation, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said “Juneteenth’s history is not just Black’s history — it is American history,” adding that the day marked “an important moment in the American story that all of us must commemorate.”

Many universities are closed on Friday to honor Juneteenth

More and more colleges and universities are closed nationally on Friday in honor of Juneteenth.

“All teaching staff and staff will get full day off,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow wrote in an email this week. “If you have to work that day to support an important operation, your efforts will be recognized with another payoff.”

The announcement came because several universities were also considering removing the statue, changing the name of the building and exchanging mascots as part of the country’s massive call for changes in racism and systemic injustice.

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“As I have said many times before, Columbia University is not guilty of the racism structure that has befallen America,” Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger said in an email Wednesday. “There is still much to be done.”

Other higher education institutions include Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania honoring Juneteenth as a “day of reflection,” while Georgetown and Drake announced that Juneteenth would continue to be recognized as an annual holiday.

“As we face the current challenges, I hope today will be a moment for new reflection and commitment to racial justice work,” wrote Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

The march and peace gathering saw the call for activism against racial inequality

Speaking to reporters on Friday at a Juneteenth event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Reverend Al Sharpton said that people should use vacations to celebrate and commemorate the independence of enslaved American blacks.

“This reminds us that it took almost three years after the signing of the proclamation of emancipation for people in Texas to know that slavery was over. And even after that we passed 100 years Jim Crow. And when after that we couldn’t.” “I choose,” Sharpton said. “And now we are in an era where we are treated differently, even in a pandemic of health inequalities, differences in criminal justice and policing.”

People lined the streets during the Juneteenth event organized by One Race Movement in Atlanta, Georgia.

In Chicago, Illinois Governor Bill Pritzker and US Sens Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth joined hundreds of people marching through the downtown district of the city, flanked by signs bearing the photographs of George Floyd.

The previous Friday, Pritzker tweeted that he was working with the state general assembly on “genuine criminal justice reform, a police version that is fundamentally reorganized, ongoing investment in black communities.”

In Washington, D.C., residents gathered near the intersection of 14th Street and U Street for musical performances, speeches, jump rope contests and others. The song can be heard calling for a series of reforms including paying equity, equal access to food and reallocating police funds, said Brian Todd of CNN, who reported from the scene.

    People pray together during the Juneteenth event at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Demonstrators in Los Angeles can be heard speaking not only about the historical importance of Juneteenth, but also about the fact that the date marks when slaves in Texas learned that they were free in 1865, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years earlier. .

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Speakers at the rally could be heard “talking about taking control of their community, owning their community, and also … about changing relations between police and the environment,” CNN reported Stephanie Elam.

Elizabeth Stewart, Sheena Jones, and Hollie Silverman from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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