KCK Juneteenth celebration commemorates the end of slavery in US

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Juneteenth is the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

The one in Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday, run and funded all by volunteers, meant more than just the typical food, dancing, vendors and summer fun you often see at street festivals.

“It`s all about the individuals knowing what Juneteenth is about, not about a dollar bill,” said KCK Juneteenth organizer Victor Harris.

President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared the end of slavery would start January 1, 1863, but it took more than two and half years for the word to spread.

On June 19, 1865 union soldiers arrived in Texas, spreading the news to all. That is what Juneteenth celebrates, and what Harris hopes the youth will take with them long after Saturday’s party.

“That`s their history and they need to know that, pass it on why they`re here,” said Harris.

Some of the young participants showed they already understood that message.

“Look at all of us here. If they wouldn`t have ever done that, slavery would probably still be going on right now, but luckily did that, so now we`re all here,” said Dalonzo Bagley.

All here to protect, learn from and celebrate history.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Juneteenth.