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BAPAC receives a proclamation from the City of Oxnard

oxnardgroup2Oxnard, CA — On Tuesday, June 14, 2017, members of the Black American Political Association of California Ventura County Branch (BAPACVC) gathered in the City Council chambers to be presented with a proclamation by Mayor Tim Flynn designating June 17 as the “27th Annual Juneteenth Celebration,” from the City of Oxnard.

The proclamation read:
“WHEREAS, on January 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln legally and officially declared an end to slavery in this country; and,
WHEREAS, led by Union soldier Major General Gordon Granger rode to Galveston, Texas,  to announce the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free June 19, 1865; and,
WHEREAS, that in accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves and the connection herefore existing between them becomes that between employer and free labor; and,
WHEREAS, it was this act that gave America its first national Black holiday, a day set aside for this nation to celebrate freedom on June 19th. This date was the beginning was the beginning of Juneteenth celebrations as former slaves celebrated their new-found freedoms and June 19, 2017, will mark the 152nd year of celebration. The state of Texas declared this a state holiday in 1980, followed by Oklahoma and is celebrated across the nation with a mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture, and;
WHEREAS, the inaugural celebration of Juneteenth in Ventura County was June 17, 1989, and was organized and sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Ventura County in conjunction with Firefighters of Colored United Stand and the Black Students Union of Oxnard College, and;
WHEREAS, on the weekend of the 17th, this year’s celebration is sponsored by the Black American Political Association of California Ventura County Chapter with the purpose [to] “unite and raise awareness of our history.”

WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to recognize the importance of Juneteenth Celebration in Oxnard and commend the organizers for this meaningful and educational public event saluting this special occasion; and,
NOW THEREFORE, I, Tim Flynn, mayor of the City of Oxnard, do hereby proclaim June 17 as Juneteenth Celebration Day in the City of Oxnard.”

OxnardgroupDon Montgomery and Angela Mitchell thanked the Oxnard City Council for the recognition and acknowledged the committee for their hard work. “I want to thank the mayor, the City of Oxnard and the City Council for this proclamation in recognition of Juneteenth,” said Don Montgomery, president, BAPACVC. “There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it. It’s always nice to get this kind of recognition. I also want to thank the Oxnard Cultural Arts Commission for their support of this event.”

The mission of the Black American Political Association of California is to identify, document, and develop the resources necessary to achieve the educational, economic, and cultural goals of underserved citizens in California. The organization develops and maintains an assertive posture in securing the rights of citizens and in carrying out the stated objectives. BAPAC is further authorized to pursue any objectives which will improve the quality of life for Californians.

BAPACVC will host its 27th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park on Saturday, June 17, 2017, starting with the Opening Ceremony at 10:00 am. For more information, visit https://www.bapacvc.org.

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