Celebrate Juneteenth Weekend 2017


Honoring our Black veterans, 
Especially the 186,000 Colored Troops and 20,000 Colored Sailors 
Who Fought For Their Own Freedom During The Civil War

Las Vegas will be hosting 2 flag raisings this year. 
At the Pentagon in Washington DC, there will be a recognition Ceremony

The Pentagon Recognizes Civil War Sailors and Troops

Chicago Recognized the Victims of 1919 Red Summer Riots

The 2017 CHICAGO JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, took place on Saturday, June 17th.

The day included a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the site of the Chicago Race Riot, during the Red Summer of 1919. In attendance were Rev. Joseph Washington, Pastor of Chicago Reformed Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Walter McCray, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. and Rev. Donald McFadden.

The ceremony was part if the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Day of Remembrance if the Maafa in America (www.NationalDayofReconciliation.com).

This was followed by a Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony to honor our black veterans at St. Joesph Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Mcfadden, Pastor.

After the flag raising, a Juneteenth Parade was followed by a Juneteenth Celebration at Garfield Park.

Activities also included a Worldwide Juneteenth Podcast, featuring the music of National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, Ron Myers (www.RonMyersJazz.com), and an interview with Rev. Dr. Walter McCray, President of the National Black Evangelical Association (NBEA) (www.the-NBEA.org).



Heritage and Legacy Awards

Exposure to, and Recognition of, the accomplishments of members of the community

2017 Awardees:

2017 National Juneteenth Heritage Award

Dee Dee Jasmin

2017 National Juneteenth Heritage & Legislative Leadership Award

William ‘Bob’ Bailey & Anna Bailey

2017 National Juneteenth Military Honors Award

Arby Hambric

2017 National Juneteenth Heritage Award

Q B Bush

2017 Juneteenth Education Legacy

Marzette Lewis

2017 Juneteenth Heritage & Education Legacy

Claytee White

2017 Juneteenth Community & Family

Ruby Duncan

2017 National Juneteenth Heritage Award

Daisy Fox

Lobby Legacy Celebration Tables Lobby Displays

Ten tables will be set up in the lobby of the Las Vegas Library Theater to communicate information.

  • National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
  • African American Research Study Group, Genealogy, Bill White
  • African American Cultural Association (Nellis Diversity Group)
  • African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
  • Desert Rose Productions, Stan Armstrong
  • UNLV Oral History Research Center, Claytee White

Las Vegas:
Berkely Square
The Berkely Square subdivision, which is located in the area historically known as Las Vegas’ Westside, consists of 148 Contemporary Ranch-style homes designed by internationally-known African American architect Paul R. Williams. It was built between 1954 and 1955 and was the first minority (African American) built subdivision in Nevada. 

Moulin Rouge Hotel  was the first interracial hotel built in Las Vegas, constructed in 1955, at a time when black performers and visitors were denied access to casino and hotel dining areas and were forced to seek accommodation in black boarding houses. Despite community aims to preserve the site, all that remain of the structure are two pillars in an empty lot.

The lifespan was only 6 months but those six month have influenced the fifty plus years since. The 2017 Juneteenth celebration recognizes the generation that birthed the Moulin Rouge and the generation that followed.