Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth” by the newly freed people in Texas.
SAN ANTONIO & JUNETEENTH
Vision:Empower African Americans to be healthy, financially secure and educated in order to thrive in their community.
Mission:To close the health, wealth, and education gap in the African American Community through education, collaboration, and key service
CORE Values:Education- Health & Wellness History- Community- Economic Empowerment
The S.A Juneteenth Block Party & Fair is hosted by Dream Big Scholarship Fund Inc a 501 C(3) to raise money for our scholarship program and bring awareness, educate and provide resources in three major areas where African Americans are disproportionately affected when it comes to opportunity and access: Small Business, Health & Wellness and Education. This event is FREE and open to the community. The SA Juneteenth Block Party/Fair features local small businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and community partners in the 3 areas previously mentioned. Attendees have an opportunity to patronize and get information from the vendors, enjoy performances, including live music, DJs, and speakers. Join us as we celebrate freedom, love and respect for the African Diaspora and heritage with Live music, food, vendors and more. Fun for the whole family.
Small Business: Banks, Local small businesses from skin care to apparel.
Education: HBCU’s, Colleges, Charter schools, Youth Programs and more
Health and Wellness: Hospitals, Clinics, Mental Health Resources
Food Trucks • Live Music • Photo Booths • Kids Play Area • Adult Play Area
FREEDOM SPEAKER SERIES
The Freedom Speaker Series is an extension of the S.A Juneteenth Block Party & Fair. The purpose is to educate, empower and provide resources to the African American community. The series of events will focus on the 3 pillars of the Juneteenth event which are education, small business and health wellness. Each event will explore the history of the disparity and resources and tools to overcome and move in a positive direction. The series will consist of culmination of seminars, panel discussions and Speaker Q&A’s with leading experts, cultural icons and community leaders from around the country. This platform will serve to tell our stories in an engaging way that will yield information and knowledge to build upon the legacy of our ancestors.