When: Sun., June 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2014
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1865, but the news didn’t reach Galveston, Texas until June 19. Many theories exist about the cause of the delay; nevertheless, once the news arrived, Juneteenth, the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, was born. This Sunday, Berkeley will host its long-running Juneteenth festival in the five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor, as a means of celebrating African-American culture and traditions. The main attractions, as always, are the bands: This year, jazz vocalist Miss Faye Carol, the Afrofunk Experience, drummer James Levi, jazz and soul singer Jackie Gage, Men of Endurance, The Best Kept Secret, and Kymberly Jackson will perform. In addition, there will be food, historical exhibits, and African arts and crafts. Family-friendly activities will include basketball tournaments, performances by the Prescott Family Circus, and woodworking activities.