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“CELEBRATING JUNE 19, 1865 -- THE DAY ON WHICH SLAVERY CAME TO AN END IN THE UNITED STATES.”

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CALENDAR Support for Ben Hall Continues to Grow...

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BEN, SAUNDRA & OTHER AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING

& INDEPENDENCE - JUNE 19TH - JULY 4TH, 2015


FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATING “OUR”

“I’m Ben Hall and I am asking for your vote.”

RESOLUTION: VOTE EARLY: October 19th-30th, 2015 ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

“My commitment to you as mayor will be to improve our streets, improve public safety, and protect our neighborhoods. That is the only way that our city can move forward” - BEN HALL

"Ben Hall is independent enough to do the right thing...” -- Rev. Ingram


Support for Ben Hall Continues to Grow... Dr. F.N. Williams has Endorsed Ben Hall for Mayor

Recently, legendary Acres Homes' leader, Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., a man who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the civil rights struggle, announced his endorsement of Ben Hall for Houston Mayor. Dr. Williams, a person whose name is synonymous with Acres Homes and a fighter for justice in this city, said his decision to support Hall was easy given Ben Hall's demonstrated commitment to the community. Dr. Williams said, "I have been impressed with Ben

Hall for more than 20 years. He is a husband, father and great businessman. He is an excellent lawyer and will fight for the citizens like he does in court. I am confident he will make a superb Mayor and will continue to fight for all the people of Houston." BEN HALL: “Dr. William's endorsement of our campaign is significant. His reputation throughout the Acres Homes community and City will help move our campaign forward.�

Reverend Charles Ingram has Endorsed Ben Hall in the 2015 Race for Mayor of Houston, Texas

Another Acres Home leader has announced his support for the Ben Hall for Mayor campaign. Rev. Charles Ingram, who has been a leader in the Acres Homes community for years, announced his personal endorsement of Ben Hall for Mayor. Ingram insisted that Hall was the best choice because, "He is independent enough to do the right thing and bring improvements, growth and businesses to the Acres Homes area that have been missing." He continued, "We need more than good speeches. We want to see a mayor who wants to help the entire community. I be-

DR. WILLIAMS

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lieve Ben Hall is that person. That is why I am supporting him!" Ben Hall said he is "humbled" by the outpouring of support he is receiving from all communities in the city. He likened Rev. Ingram and Dr. F. N. Williams Sr's endorsements as significant because they show that his candidacy is connecting with real problems that Houstonians have been facing for many years. "I am humbled by Rev. Ingram's brave endorsement and will work every day as mayor to continue to earn his support," Hall said.


“Join me in voting for Ben Hall”

Don’t forget to cast your vote for Ben Hall in the race for Mayor of Houston in the upcoming election. First Day of Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is: Monday, October 19, 2015. The Last Day of Early Voting is: Friday, October 30, 2015.

A friend will tell you Ben Hall is a person of great character and integrity. Rev. William "Bill" Lawson reminds me that reputation is what people think of you and character is who you are. Ben Hall has a great reputation and is known large and wide for his largess and for what he has done for those we consider the least in our community...That largess means a lot to the people I represent. He has represented the least, the last and the lost and he has earned a great reputation for it. Ben has demonstrated to me his character. Character is who you really are. I have been there in quiet moments when we have had to make some crucial decisions that affect the lives of others and I can tell you that in every moment when Benjamin had an opportunity to be of service to someone in need he always displayed the character necessary to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. He’s a person of character.

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-- U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN is the former Democratic United States Senator from Michigan who sponsored SENATE RESOLUTION 474

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NDEPENDENCE DAY IS COMING! A lot of people think of Juneteenth as simply a Texas holiday. Are you one of them? Well, you’re wrong. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated and recognized all over the world. If you don’t believe me, just go to your trusted internet search engine and do a keyword search for it. What you’ll find is that there are people who celebrate Juneteenth as far away as: Nigeria, Afghanistan, Seoul South Korea, Japan, Canada, Honduras, Ghana, Israel, Taiwan, Germany, Jerusalem, Italy, Puerto Rico and many other far-away-places. This edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine is made possible by a few of the sponsors and supporters of Aubrey R. Taylor Communication to recognize, salute, and thank many of the people who have found value in, supporting the Juneteenth Holiday throughout Texas and beyond. Did you know that America now has two Independence Days? Well, mainstream media didn’t give much attention to the bi-partisan support the United States Senators gave to establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance by passing U.S. (SENATE RESOLUTION) S.R. 474 sponsored by former United States Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), with over 40 co-sponsors back on Saturday, June 14, 2014. So, with this edition, we’re taking a moment to thank the United Senators who played a role in marking this milestone in the history of our great nation through their bi-partisan acknowledgement of our nation’s rise from “one of enslavement” to “one of freedom” for all her citizens. To this end, I implore all Americans to find value in our independence, and the many freedoms we enjoy as “FREE PEOPLE” as we prepare to demonstrate our individual and collective patriotism by recognizing the “2015 CELEBRATIONS” of the “19th of June” and the “4th of July”together.

THE U.S. SENATORS WHO SPONSORED & CO-SPONS0RED S. RESOLUTION 474

Here are the 40 United Senators who found value in making the “JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY” a “NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE” in America. They did by designating June

19, 2014, as “Juneteenth Independence Day’ in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States. U.S. Senator Carl Levin (Democrat from Michigan) was the sponsor of S.R. 474. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Republican from Texas), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (Democrat from Maryland), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat from Rhode Island), U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (Democrat from Louisiana), U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (Democrat from North Carolina), U.S. Senator Tom Harking (Democrat from Iowa), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat from Illinois), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (Democrat from Massachusetts), U.S. Senator Ed Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts), U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (Democrat from Arkansas), U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat from California), U.S. Senator U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat from Arkansas), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Republican from Florida), U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (Republican from Pennsylvania), U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Democrat from Virginia), U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (Democrat from Pennsylvania), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (Democrat from Virginia), U.S. Senator Al Franken (Democrat from Minnesota), U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (Democrat from Florida), U.S. Senator Harry Reid (Democrat from Navada), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat from New York), U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat from Vermont), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (Democrat from Washington), U.S. Senator Mark Udall (Democrat from Colorado), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Republican from Kentucky), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (Democrat from Delaware), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican from Texas), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (Democrat from Wisconsin), U.S. Senator Tom Udall (Democrat from New Mexico), U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (Democrat from California), U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (Republican from Mississippi), U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (Democrat from Hawaii), U.S. Senator Tim Scott (Republican from South Carolina), U.S. Senator Robert Portman (Republican from Ohio), U.S. Senator Mark Begich (Democrat from Alaska), U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democrat from Maryland), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (Democrat from New Jersey), U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (Democrat from Colorado), U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (Democrat from New York), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (Democrat from New Mexico), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Democrat from Ohio), U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (Republican from Alaska), and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (Republican from Utah).

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S.RES.474 -- Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States. (Agreed to Senate - ATS).

SRES 474 ATS 113th CONGRESS 2nd Session S. RES. 474

Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. LEVIN (for himself, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. HAGAN, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. DURBIN, Ms. WARREN, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. PRYOR, Mrs. BOXER, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. TOOMEY, Mr. WARNER, Mr. CASEY, Mr. KAINE, Mr. FRANKEN, Mr. NELSON, Mr. REID, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. LEAHY, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. PAUL, Mr. COONS, Mr. CRUZ, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. WICKER, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. SCOTT, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. BEGICH, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. BOOKER, Mr. BENNET, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. BROWN, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. LEE) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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RESOLUTION

Designating June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States. Whereas news of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier areas of the United States, in particular the State of Texas and other Southwestern States, until months after the conclusion of the Civil War, more than 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863; Whereas, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free;

Whereas African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly known as 'Juneteenth Independence Day', as inspiration and encouragement for future generations; Whereas African-Americans from the Southwest, for nearly 150 years, have continued the tradition of observing 'Juneteenth Independence Day';

Whereas 43 States, the District of Columbia, and other countries, have designated 'Juneteenth Independence Day' as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States; Whereas 'Juneteenth Independence Day' celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures;

Whereas the faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves and their descendants remain an example for all people of the United States, regardless of background, religion, or race; Whereas slavery was not officially abolished until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution in January 1865; Whereas Frederick Douglass, born in the State of Maryland in 1818, escaped from slavery and became a leading writer, orator, publisher, and one of the United States' most influential advocates for abolitionism and the equality of all people;

Whereas Frederick Douglass was recognized for his accomplishments with a statue that was unveiled during a ceremony on June 19, 2013, in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol; Whereas 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000a et seq.), signed into law on July 2, 1964, a milestone in providing equal protections for AfricanAmericans, including former slaves and their descendants; and

Resolved, That the Senate -

Whereas, over the course of its history, the United States has grown into a symbol of democracy and freedom around the world: Now, therefore, be it

(1) designates June 19, 2014, as 'Juneteenth Independence Day'; (2) recognizes the historical significance of 'Juneteenth Independence Day' to the United States; (3) supports the continued nationwide celebration of 'Juneteenth Independence Day' to provide an opportunity for the people of the United States to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped the United States; and (4) recognizes that the observance of the end of slavery is a part of the history and heritage of the United States.

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston origin in 1865,

the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and empha-

sizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

For more info on Juneteenth, visit

www.juneteenth.com Sunday, June 7, 2015 Galveston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI is the Democrat from Maryland who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 7, 2015 the 23rd Annual Juneteenth Development Corporation Scholarship Gala will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located at: 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Young Ladies ages 17 to 22 will compete for scholarships and prizes. The first place winner will be crowned Miss Juneteenth Ambassador. Contestants are judged on an oral presentation of their goals and aspirations; a creative talent; formal wear and a question and answer session.


-- U.S. SENATOR JOHN CORNYN is the Republican from Texas who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Galveston, Texas

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 the 23rd Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth Banquet will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: The theme “Come on Home Where It All Began” highlights the history of Juneteenth and its im-

portance to our community and heritage. Former State Rep. Al Edwards, Old Central Board President Ennis Williams and UTMB started this banquet 19 years ago. Banquet Sponsorships: $350, $500, and $1,000. Individual Tickets $35.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Galveston, Texas At 10:00 A.M. on Saturday,

June 13, 2015 the (GHF) Galveston Historical Foundation will present "African American History: Importance & Reflection". This event will take place at: 1861 Custom House located at 502 20th Street in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: The Galveston Historical Foundation will host two speakers to bring a historical perspective to Juneteenth and inspire us with thoughts on the importance of African American History. One of the speakers is Deborah Mack, from the National Museum of African American History; Caleb Daniels, from the Rice University Department of History is the other speaker.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Hitchcock, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE is the Democrat from Rhode Island who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the 104th Annual Juneteenth Family Day will take place at Stringfellow Orchards located at 7902 State Highway 6 in Hitchcock, Texas. DETAILS: Stringfellow Orchards was owned by Henry Marlyn Stringfellow (1839-1912), a successful businessman in the late 1880’s. Because of his success, Mr. Stringfellow was able to pay orchard workers one dollar a day (when the going wage was fifty cents). This enabled workers, mostly freed slaves, the opportunity to better take care of their families. It also allowed them the opportunity to buy land. In his book, The New Horticulture (1896), Mr. Stringfellow mentions the name of one of these men, Frank Bell. The Bell family lives in Texas City. Activities for the day include moonwalk, games for children of all ages, music and performances.


-- U.S. SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU is the former Democratic U.S. Senator from Louisiana who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the African American Museum Juneteenth Family & Friends Festival will take place at the Kermit Courville Stadium Parking Lot located at 27th & Avenue L in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Rental space for vendors is available, contact James Josey at (409)497-6963. Come out and enjoy the music, food and fun.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 Juneteenth at Jack Johnson Park: "The Heart of a Champion will take place at the Old Central Center located at 2617 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Veteran boxing manager and historian Bob Spagnola will conduct a meet and greet along with several of his former and current

clients to discuss the “sweet science” and view videos of several of the world champions he has associated within his 35 plus years in the business. The talk will be held in Old Central Auditorium and photos will be taken in the adjacent Jack Johnson Park which recognizes our native son, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, born on March 31, 1878 in Galveston, who became the first African American to win the world Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1908. The Galveston Chamber of Commerce will have young entrepreneurs on site selling Lemonade. Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Galveston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR KAY HAGAN is the Democrat from North Carolina who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 the NIA Cultural Center: Screening of "Celebrating Freedom Then & Now" will take place at the Old Central Cultural Center located at 2627 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Inspired by a discussion of elder’s recollections of the celebration of Juneteenth when they were young, the Nia Cultural Center decided to document these firsthand accounts utilizing area students who conducted videotaped elder interviews. This enlightening documentary will explore the factual history of the holiday and testimonials of how the celebration of Juneteenth and the Galveston Community has changed over time. Sue Johnson at (409)7657086 for more information.


-- U.S. SENATOR TOM HARKINGS is the former Democratic senator from Iowa who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 14, 2015 the St. Vincent House 14th Annual Gospel by the Sea Benefit Concert will take place at the The Grand 1894 Opera House located at 2020 Post Office Street in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: This is a FREE live musical benefit concert. However, you must still have a ticket to attend. You can contact Rev. Freda Marie Brown or Linda Cole at (409)763-8521 for more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a discussion with Leonard Pitts, author of "Freeman" will take place at the Sieber Center at Galveston College located at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Galveston Reads Program and Rosenberg Library present a discussion of the book "Freeman," with author Leonard Pitts.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the “Underground Railroad” re-enactments will take place at the 1838 Michel B. Menard Home & Menard Hall located at 1604 33rd St. in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: The event consists of a day of re-enactments by local volunteers of the lives of people who travelled the famous Underground Railroad. The program is designed to show children 8 to 11 years old the challenges slaves faced in escaping to freedom. Call (409)765-3468 to register for this event.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Galveston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR AL FRANKEN is the Democrat from Minnesota who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the Texas Juneteenth Gala at Ashton Villa will take place at 1859 Ashton Villa located at 2328 Broadway in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: This event celebrates the historic actions of former State Representative Al Edwards, The Texas Legislature and Governor Bill Clements who signed the bill making Juneteenth a State Holiday in June 1979 along with state funding of $100,000 for the Texas Juneteenth Statue erected at Ashton Villa in June 2007. The cost to attend this event is $25.00 dollars. Call Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.


-- U.S. SENATOR DICK DURBIN is the Democrat from Illinois who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 8:30 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 36th Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth State Holiday, Emancipation Proclamation Reading & Prayer Breakfast will take place at 1859 Ashton Villa located at 2328 Broad-

way in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: The Emancipation Proclamation will be read to commemorate the historic event that occurred in Galveston on June 19, 1865, two years after it was enacted in 1863. Galveston holds the distinction of being the place of the first reading of the Proclamation in the South. We also celebrate Texas State Representative Al Edwards’ sponsorship of two

legislative bills establishing Juneteenth as a State Holiday in 1979 and providing for a Juneteenth statue in Galveston. In June 2007, the Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural and Historical Commission dedicated a $100,000 statue commemorating the State Juneteenth Holiday at the historic Ashton Villa, which was the first government recognized holiday for black people in the United States. Free Breakfast after the program will be provided by “You Can’t Touch This”. Call Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR TED CRUZ is the Republican from Texas who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 37th Annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Picnic will take place at Wright Cuney Park located at 41st & Avenue H in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: There will be activities for the whole family. Mrs. Charles is one of our oldest Galveston leaders (101). Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program will include the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wright Cuney Angels, Talent Contest, Music, Praise Singing, Dance, Hoops Contest and Wright Cuney Brass Band. Awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners. The picnic is free to the public. Everyone is invited to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment. Contact Anna Fields (409)539-5221 or Barbara Gordon (409)599-8050 for more info on this event.


-- U.S. SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN is the Democrat from Massachusetts who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 12:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the 3rd Annual Juneteenth at Jack Johnson Park will take place at Jack Johnson Park located at 2601 Avenue M in Galveston, Texas.

DETAILS: Jack Johnson Park was dedicated in November 2012 and is operated by the Old Central Cultural Center Board of Directors. This community park recognizes its native son, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, born on March 31, 1878, who became the first African American to win the world Heavyweight Boxing Championship in

1908. He was world famous and a lifesize statue was placed in the park in his honor. Contact Douglas Matthews at (409)747-2791 for more information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 12:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Noon Parade will take place at 33rd & Seawall Boulevard located at 33rd St in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: To start the 150th anniversary of the Juneteenth celebration, join us for the Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth NOON Parade! Everyone can enjoy of many motorcycles, corvettes, drill teams, train, trail riders,Texas South University, Grambling University and many other participants from around Galveston County! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Contact Rosalyn Jackson at (409)497-3203 for more information.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW is the Democrat from Arkansas who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2015 the Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church Juneteenth Homecoming for the 150th Emancipation March will take place at Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church located at 2015 Broadway in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Marchers should convene at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Old Galveston Court House on 21st


-- U.S. SENATOR TIM SCOTT is the Republican from South Carolina who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth” events for galveston county & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder and Sealy; procession to Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2015 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550 (approximately 3 blocks). Families from all over the country are coming home to Galveston to celebrate Juneteenth – “where it all began”. Juneteenth Homecoming is a tradition that families have practiced since freedom came to Texas in 1865. Families came back home to Galveston to fellowship, to pray and to honor their ancestors who endured the bonds of slavery. Bring your family to walk in the footsteps of

their ancestors as Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church re-enacts the first documented celebration of emancipation, held on January 1, 1866 and attended by close to 1,000 citizens of Galveston. You’ll be a witness to history and forever a part of this historic event – the 150th reading of General Order #3 from the steps of the Old Galveston Courthouse. A jubilant march to the historic sanctuary of Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church is followed by an inspirational program of music, performances, stirring speakers and a reading of the

Emancipation Proclamation. Traditional Juneteenth refreshments will be served. All are invited to participate in this free event open to the public.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Galveston, Texas

7:30 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Galveston Juneteenth Parade will take place proceed from 1600 Strand to Seawall in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: TIME: The parade lineup is at 6:00 p.m. at 16th & Strand to 20th & Strand. PARADE STARTS: 7:30 p.m. PARADE ROUTE: West on Strand to 25th. Left on 25th to Seawall Boulevard; Right on Seawall to 28th. Parade will end between Seawall Boulevard and Avenue Q. CONTACT: Rosalyn Jackson (409) 497-3203, Jamal Shabazz (Chair) (409) 5990155, Anna Fields (Co-Chair) (409) 539-5221, Sandra Tousant (832) 4522956. Call one of the three contact persons to pick up an application form.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Galveston, Texas

U.S. SENATOR CHRIS COONS is the Democrat from Delaware who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the Take It to the Wood "Juneteenth Celebration" will take place at Shiloh A.M.E. Church located at 1310 29th Street in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: This event promises to be lots of fun, food and plenty of games and fellowship. Contact Reverend Kevin Hodge, Sr., Pastor of Shiloh A.M.E. Church at (409)7623646 for more information.


U.S. SENATOR DIANE FEINSTEIN is the Democrat from California who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the (GHF) Galveston

Historical Foundation Juneteenth Community Concert will take place at Saengerfest Park located at 2300 Strand in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: Historically, the first formal celebrations of Emancipation and

Abolition were celebrated in the public square. This Juneteenth concert will feature live music and a time to remember. Call (409)765-7834 for more information on this event.

Saturday, June 27, 2015 Galveston, Texas

At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 27, 2015 the Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference will take place at 2310 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas. DETAILS: The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) will return to Galveston, Texas for the annual GALVESTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance, which will include the 2015 National Juneteenth Board Meeting & Conference. Activities scheduled include the National Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and Reconciliation Prayer Service, National Juneteenth Luncheon, Board Meeting and a National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign Workshop. For information on this event contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the NJOF, at 662-392-2016.

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-- U.S. SENATOR BARBARA BOXER is the Democrat from California who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration "MCJCF" offers (5) five days of family oriented and fun-filled events and activities to include: a Parade, Historical Reenactment(s), a Golf Tournament, a High School “Battle of the Bands” challenge, a Community Health & Wellness Fair, and an open-air Music Festival featuring Hip-


-- U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER is the Democrat from New Jersey who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth” events for fort bend county & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder Hop, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, Zydeco and World Musical Performers. The MCJCF utilizes many venues within Missouri City but also places the spotlight on one in particular, the “FREEDOM TREE” (located in Freedom Tree Park) which serves as a reminder of the tumultuous journey Africans faced upon their arrival to an inhospitable land, yet in spite of the prevailing conditions, manage to accomplish so many of the amazing ac-

complishments we illustrate annually. For more information about this year’s events, visit www.mcjcf.com or call 281.816.6441.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

From 7:00 P.M. through 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 a

-- U.S. SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER is the Democrat from New York who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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PRIVATE (INVITATION ONLY) VIP “Kick-Off” reception will take place at Freedom Tree Park located on Misty Hollow Lane. The VIP Kick-Off Reception is designed to officially kick-off our 13th year and thank our sponsors for their continuous support. The reception will feature the robust, tantalizing flavors of wines from the Rhine coupled with a variety of culinary delicacies. Light remarks from supporters and board members to highlight the reception.

Monday, June 15, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 7:00 A.M on Monday, June 15, 2015 registration for the MCJCF Scholarship Golf Tournament will begin. The “SHOTGUN START” will take place at 8:00 A.M. at the Quail Valley Golf Course located at 2880 La Quinta Drive in Missouri City, Texas. ADMISSION for this event is $100.00 dollars for individuals and $400.00 for teams. Call 281.816.6441 for more information about this event. DETAILS: This fun and entertaining 18 holes of star-studded golf set to take place as the MCJCF holds their annual “Scholarship” Golf Tournament is open to all individuals and skill levels. Numerous contests on the course will highlight this “FUNDRAISING” golf outing with fabulous goodie bags and a post-event awards luncheon. This event provides a unique “businessto-business” opportunities and interactions for entrepreneurs and others within the community.


-- U.S. SENATOR RAND PAUL is the Republican from Kentucky who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Thursday, June 18, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 a MCJCF Reception will take place at the Quail Valley City Centre’ located at 2880 La Quinta Drive in Missouri City, Texas. At 8:00 P.M. the MCJCF Gala will take place. Admission for this event is $100.00 dollars per seat; or $1,000.00 per table. Call 281.816.6441 for more information about this event. DETAILS: For the past ten years, the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (MCJCF) has endeavored to bring positive attention to

-- U.S. SENATOR HARRY REID is the Democrat from Navada who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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African-Americans in the Missouri City/Fort Bend area, while celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation. One of the key facets of the MCJCF celebration is their Community Service Awards Gala. This event was initiated and established in 2006 to bring recognition to area community leaders. According to the MCJCF these leaders are citizens who exemplify conviction, purpose and enthusiasm as responsible citizens of this community.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 6:00 P.M. on Friday, June

19, 2015 the MCJCF “Family Funday in the Park” will take place in the Hunters Glen Park located at 1340 Independence in Missouri City, Texas. The carnival opens at 6:00 P.M. with the movie beginning at dusk. DETAILS: The admission is FREE and is open to the general public. Attendees who attend this event can expect a full slate of events and activities planned with the family in mind for this day in the park. The carnival comes jammed-packed with various interactive games, rides and entertainment. At dusk, a featured film selected with family friendly content will be shown.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 6:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the “It Takes a Village” Art Project reception will begin with a viewing set to take place at 7:00 P.M. at the Missouri City Civic Center located at 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City, Texas. DETAILS: The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation will be teaming up with renown Fiber Artist Carolyn Crump for it’s first annual Missouri City "It Takes A Village" Art Project exhibition. Carolyn Crump will be working with several organizations and professional artist to execute a community art exhibition as part of the foundation's "Legacy" themed celebration marking the 150th of freedom for blacks in Texas. The "It Takes A Village" Art Project is for people of all ages!


-- U.S. SENATOR BOB CASEY is the Democrat from Pennsylvania who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the MCJCF “Bid Whist Tournament” will take place at the Missouri City Civic Center located at 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City, Texas. The participation FEE for this

event is $35.00 dollars. This event is OPEN to the public. DETAILS: This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and promises to be a full day of events and activities. The events associated with this event are planned with the community in mind for this day competitive tournament. This event is hosted by the TRUMP TIGHT BWC. Online Registra-

tion is OPEN now with the tournament beginning play at 11:00 A.M. with various specialized food vendors on hand to help satisfy the munchies during play. If a "game day" decision is your thing, no problem as "walk-up" registration begins one hour [10:00 am] before the tournament starts; but you'll need to reserve your spot as space is limited for this event. Don’t forget that $1,000.00 dollars in “Grand Prizes” will be awarded.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN is the Democrat from Maryland who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the MCJCF “Domino Tournament” will take place at the Missouri City Civic Center located at 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City, Texas. The participation FEE for this event is $25.00 dollars. This event is OPEN to the general public. DETAILS: A full day of events and activities are planned with the community in mind for this day competitive tournament play being offered at the MCJCF’s first offering of their "Celebrity" Domino Tournament hosted by Houston Oilers great Cris Dishman and “3-TIME” NBA World Champion Mario Elie. Online Registration is OPEN now with the tournament beginning play at 11:00 A.M. with various specialized food vendors on hand to help satisfy the munchies during play. If a "game day" decision is your thing, no problem as "walk-up" registration begins one hour before the tournament starts; but you'll need to reserve your space as space is limited.


-- U.S. SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI is the Republican from Alaska who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

At 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the “One Mile of Smiles” MCJCF Juneteenth Parade

will take place on Texas Parkway (FM 2234) in Missouri City, Texas. This event is FREE and open to the general public. DETAILS: In its eleventh (13th) year, the “One Mile of Smiles” Juneteenth Parade, remains one of the MCJCF's showcase events as it annu-

ally reflects the diverse culture of Fort Bend County. A few of the participants in the “One Miles of Smiles” Juneteenth Parade are the renowned Greater Fort Bend All Star Band, the Buffalo Soldiers Color Guards, the Phyllis Wheatley High School Band, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, and various other corporate and civic groups, celebrities, dignitaries, and the beautiful floats that grace our parade in celebration of Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Missouri City, Texas

Immediately following the “One Mile of Smiles” MCJCF Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 20, 2015 a “Battle of the Bands” will take place at the Thurgood Marshall High School Athletic Field located at 1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City, Texas 77489.

-- U.S. SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND is the Democrat from New York who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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DETAILS: A few of the bands expected to be competing for bragging rights, trophies, and prizes are: The renowned Greater Fort Bend All Star Band, Phillis Wheatley High School Band, Greater Houston All Star Band, and Madison High School Band. The admission for this event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


-- U.S. SENATOR MARCO RUBIO is the Republican from Florida who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Friday, June 19, 2015 Houston, Texas

At 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Miller Outdoor Theatre,

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration will be presenting an exciting music lineup to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the region's most significant historic events, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Music fans gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich

-- U.S. SENATOR MARK BEGICH is the former Democratic senator from Alaska who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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African American musical traditions of the region, including blues, jazz, brass band, funk and zydeco.

For more info please visit www.june19.org

Celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Juneteenth free at Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 19th

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents a lineup of legendary singers and rising stars in traditional African American music to honor the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, including Jewel Brown with R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0, Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase, the Peterson Brothers and Connection. Jewel Brown is an acclaimed Jazz and Blues singer whose career includes performing with Louis Armstrong's band from 1961-68 and starring in movies and television shows with Armstrong. She performs with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band. R.A.D.S. The Krusaders II.0 are carrying on the legacy of Houston Jazz legend Joe Sample. They recently recorded a CD with Jewel Brown. Trudy Lynn is a Houston legacy in Soul and Blues. Her 2014 album,


-- U.S. SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO is the Democrat from Hawaii who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth� events for harris county & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, reached Number 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums Chart. Steve Krase and his band The In Crowd are award-winning Blues artists. Their latest recording, Buckle Up, features Trudy Lynn. The

Peterson Brothers are rising stars in Blues, bringing a very young perspective to the music from Austin, Texas. Connection is an award-winning gospel group from Houston, Texas. Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

commemorates one of the region's most significant historic events, Juneteenth, which has celebrated the abolition of slavery in Texas for 150 years. The event marks the occasion on June 19, 1865 when, following the Union victory in the American Civil War, a contingent of Union Army troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger read a series of orders, including General Order Number 3, proclaiming "all slaves are free." Music fans gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre on June 19, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Brass Band, Funk and Zydeco. The event is free.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030.

-- U.S. SENATOR MARK PRYOR is the former Democratic senator from Arkansas who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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Miller Outdoor Theatre is wheelchair accessible. MetroRail serves Hermann Park. Information can be found at www.ridemetro.org. Concert-goers bringing cars are encouraged to carpool. Houston's Juneteenth Celebration is funded by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board and Texas Commission on the Arts. It is presented by Houston Blues Museum, Houston Blues Society, Houston Institute for Culture, Houston Museum of Culture, Houston Style Magazine and KPFT-Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM. Artist photos and bios are available by request. Additional information and


-- U.S. SENATOR PATTY MURRAY is the Democrat from Washington who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth” events for harris county & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder event photos are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonjuneteenth. Past performers have included many legends of American heritage and icons of Gulf Coast regional music: Allen Toussaint, Joe Sample

Trio, The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli, C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, Keith Frank

and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters, Milton Hopkins and the Hit City Blues Band, Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Ruthie Foster, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Annika Chambers and the Houston All-stars, Sherman Robertson and the Crossroads Blues Band, Cory Ledet and his Zydeco Band, Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, Les Amis Creole, David Batiste, Glen David Andrews, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Larry Fulcher, David de la Garza, Earl Gillium, I.J. Gosey, New Birth Brass Band, Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Endurance and many more.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Houston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN is the Democrat from Wisconsin who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 9:00A.M on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the EMANCIPATION PARK “Juneteenth Parade” lineup will begin. The parade will start at the Texas Southern University Gym (at the corner of Wheeler and Ennis) at 10:00 A.M. and proceed to the Emancipation Celebration Music Festival at Project Row Houses. DETAILS: This event is FREE TO ...Bands, Drumlines, Dance Groups, Cheer & Step Teams, etc…, and walking families, Strollers, wheelchairs, Handicapped, Non-motorized Bikes & Tricycles, etc…OTHERS, such as Motorcycles: $10:00 dollars each, Walking Non-Profits and Clubs: $25:00 dollars each, Cars, Vans and Trucks: $50:00 dollars each, and Corporate Sponsors and Floats: $150 each. The theme for this year is: “The Colors of Freedom!”


-- U.S.SENATOR ED MARKEY is the Democrat from Massachusetts who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth” events for harris county & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder Houston’s Annual Juneteenth Parade, founded in 1973, by Rev. C. Anderson Davis and the National Emancipation Association, is the longest continuously running parade

honoring African American freedom in history. This is a people’s parade, featuring anyone who wants to participate, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes will be joined by Floats, Western

Wagons, Trail Riders and Marching Bands from Houston area high schools and colleges. This year’s parade is hosted and coordinated by the Friends of Emancipation Park. Emancipation Park’s historic 2015 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks the 152ndanniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the 150th year since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom; 143rd celebration in Emancipation Park (currently hosted byFriends of Emancipation Park) and the 42nd year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades!

For more info on this event visit

www.junteenthfest.com

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Friday, June 26, 2015 Houston, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY is the Democrat from Vermont who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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The Al Edwards Juneteenth Tennis Classic will take place from Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015. This event is organized by Juneteenth USA. For more information call (713)741-8800. Entries for this event will close on Monday June 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Central Time). DIVISIONS: Men's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-80; Women's Singles & Doubles: Open,35-75; Mixed Doubles: Open,35,45,55; NTRP Men's & NTRP Women's Singles & Doubles: 2.5-5.0; and NTRP Mixed Doubles: 2.5-5.0.


-- U.S. SENATOR BILL NELSON is the Democrat from Florida who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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upcoming “2015 juneteenth” events for TEXAS AND BEYOND & tuesday, nov. 3, 2015 city of houston election reminder JUNETEENTH IS CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Des Moines, Iowa

At 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 a “Red Carpet Recep-

tion” takes place, with a “Community Builders Appreciation Banquet” shortly to follow at 7:00 P.M., all hosted by the Iowa Juneteenth Observance. Juneteenth is an official state observance held annually in Iowa on the third Saturday in June. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance’s mission is to educate Iowans on, and promote, the Juneteenth holiday in the state of Iowa; to

commemorate the end to slavery in America. And highlight the economic, political, social efforts of African-Americans; an opportunity to reach out to all Iowans in a mutual celebration of freedom. Visit www.iowajuneteenth.org for more information.

Thursday, June 11-14, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

The Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival will take place at Mozley Park located at 1565 Martin Luther King Jr.Drive, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30314.

To learn more call (404) 546-6744; or visit

www.juneteenthatl.com for more information on this event.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 District Heights, Maryland

-- U.S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN is the Democrat from Ohio who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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From 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will be celebrating their “8TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION” at Walker Mill Regional Park located at 8840 Walker Mill Road in District Heights, Maryland 20747. For more information, call (301)446-3232. Save the Date! This is a FREE family event open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. This event is part of an ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents.


-- U.S. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY is the Republican from Pennsylvania who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015 Oberlin, Ohio

From 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday June 13, 2015 a community-wide tradition commemorating the

ending of slavery in the United States. Will take place at the corner of Main Street and Lorain Street in Oberlin, Ohio 44074. Fun and games for all ages, including a parade, contests and tournaments, children's activities, as well as, music, food, and vendors. Call

(440) 574-1394 for more information about this event. For this year's theme and activities, see www.juneteenthoberlin.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Pueblo, Colorado

The Juneteenth Organization of Pueblo, Inc is very excited for this year's celebration of “JUNETEENTH” taking place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Mr. Robert Andrews will be their special guest for Juneteenth 2015 in Pueblo. Their location is 3000 Wedgewood Dr, Pueblo, Colorado 81005. This event represents the esteemed Pueblo Juneteenth ladies, as the 2013-2014 Pueblo Juneteenth Queen and Junior Miss Juneteenth will complete our list of speakers for the 2015 event. Call (719)584-3714 for more information on this event.

Monday, June 15, 2015 College Station, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR MARK WARNER is the Democrat from Virginia who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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At 6:00 P.M. on Monday, June 15, 2015 Praises @ the Pavilion will be taking place at the Lincoln Recreation Center's W.A. Tarrow Pavilion for an evening of praises through songs of gospel. Area spiritual groups, churches, soloists and praise teams will give musical renditions reflecting Juneteenth, a day of Jubilee and freedom. The W.A. Tarrow Pavilion is located at 1000 Eleanor Street, in College Station, Texas 77840. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 764-3779 for more information.


U.S. SENATOR MARK UDALL is the former Democratic senator from Colorado who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village is recognizing Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the

ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history from Monday, June 15th through Sunday, June 21st, 2015. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with

African-American themes. Old Sturbridge Village plays a vital role in preserving early American history and has been an iconic New England destination for nearly 70 years. Supporting the Village helps history come alive for more than 250,000 students, families, tourists, and scholars every year. Old Sturbridge Village is open daily from Open daily, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566. Call (800) 733-1830 for more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

At 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a Freedom Dinner for the Kathy Clay-Little Scholarship will take place at St. Philip’s College located at 1801Martin Luther King Drive in San Antonio Texas 78202. The guest speaker for this event is Justice Jason Pulliam, the Justice for the Fourth Court of Appeals in Bexar County. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 College Station, Texas

-- U.S. SENATOR MIKE LEE is the Republican from Utah who cosponsored S.RES. 474.

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The City of College Station Texas will be recognizing the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth at the City of College Station, Lincoln Recreation Center located at 1000 Eleanor Street in College Station, Texas 77840. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 7643779 for more information.


-- U.S. SENATOR MARTIN HEINRICH is the Democrat from New Mexico who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


Thursday, June 18, 2015 College Station, Texas

dors, and plenty of FREE fun games for the entire family.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 College Station, Texas

Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival is scheduled for Friday, June 19th through Sunday, June 21st and has always maintained the historical aspects of Juneteenth. There are several events that take place at Juneteenth that are considered historical to the festival. These include but are not limited to; a parade, fashion show, sporting games, dialogue on current issues, and red punch. Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival is a week-long event. On Thursday there’s a Juneteenth VIP Reception. The reception serves as the mechanism to preserve the history of Juneteenth in California. The reception is attended by many of Sacramento’s politicians and civil servants. The mayor and city council members, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus

At 9:00 A.M. a Freedom Walk to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Juneteeth will be taking place in College Station Texas. This is a 2.2 mile legacy walk to George Bush Library and Museum, observing the uniquely Texas Holiday, June 19, 1865, which commemorates an official jubilee and ending of slavery in Texas. Call Cheletia Johnson at (979) 764-3779 for more information.

From 6:00 P.M. through 10:00 P.M. a “Freedom Fest” community wide festival for families and youth will take place at Wolf Pen Creek located at 1015 Colgate Drive in College Station, Texas 77845. There will be live music, dancing, food ven-

Friday, June 19, 2015 Sacramento, California

-- U.S. SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET is the Democrat from Colorado who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.

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and other Senate and Assembly members attend. In addition to the weekend festivities, there’s a scholarship luncheon to award elementary school winners of the Juneeteenth Essay Contest. This event takes place at 3800 South Land Park Drive in Sacramento, California 95822.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Denver, Colorado

The 19th of June Community Celebration Committee will be hosting a “Juneteenth Music Festival”at the Five Points, Denver Neighborhoods from Friday, June 19th to Saturday, June 201th. This festival is a family fun, community event, set in Historic Five Points Neighborhood. The event is FREE. If you’re ever in Denver you should visit the Five Points Business District located at 2444 Washington St #100 in Denver, Colorado 80205 or online at fivepointsbiz.org. Call (303) 832-5000 for more information.


-- U.S. SENATOR ROBERT PORTMAN is the Republican from Ohio who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


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Friday, June 19, 2015 Round Rock, Texas

The Voice” Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 7th annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival at 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 2015, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 20, at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park located at 3300 E Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock, Texas. Call (512) 218-5540 for more

information on this event.

Friday, June 19, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Juneteenth Association will host a “JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL” at Comanche Park #2 located at 2600 Rigsby Avenue in San Antonio Texas. This is event is FREE to attend and will feature The Zapp Band on Friday June 19th, 2015. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.“ACCESS TO INFORMATION IS THE KEY TO FREE-

DOM.” Freedom in 1865 meant no more slavery. Today, that freedom includes education, economics, and social opportunities. Our children need to understand the importance of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) as the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery here in America. The ability to access and attain information is critical to one’s overall success which includes education and our daily living experiences.

Friday, June 19, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

From Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM (EDT) the 2015 Edition of the ESSENCE of JUNETEENTH: CELEBRATING the PAST PRESENT FUTURE: 150 Years Later will be hosted by NAHEMP: National Association of Hospitality Entertainment and Music Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia. For More information please call (404)671-0843 today!

Friday, June 19, 2015 Rock Hill, South Carolina

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From 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. there will be “Juneteenth Celebration” celebrating the end of slavery in the United States taking place at Fountain Park – 300 East Main in Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731. There will be plenty of food and drinks, children’s activities: crafts, games, face painting, balloon twister, and bubbles for the entire family.


U.S. SENATOR ROGER WICKER is the Republican from Mississippi who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


Saturday, June 20, 2015 Rock Hill, South Carolina

From 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. there will be an “African American Monument Dedication” taking place at the corner of Dave Lyle Blvd, and Black Street. The City Hall Amphitheater is located at 144 East Black Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Rock Hill South Carolina

From 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. there will a there will be a cookout, stage entertainment, children's activities and “JUNETEENTH” related education taking place at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church located at 339 W Black St, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731. Call (803) 329-2772 for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Cedar Hill, Texas

The Best Southwest cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster join together Saturday, June 20, 2015, to honor the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Activities include food, children's activities, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE. For additional event information visit cedarhillpard.wix.com/juneteenth. This event will take place at Valley Ridge Park located at 2850 Park Ridge Drive in Cedar Hill, Texas 75104.

Saturday, June 2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota

At 10:00 A.M. A Juneteenth Festival observing the June 19th 1865

proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas will be taking place at North Mississippi Regional Park located at 5114 North Mississippi Drive in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event celebrates the freedom for people of all racial backgrounds. For more information call (612)238-3733.

Monday, June 22, 2015 Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

A Golf Tournament will take place at 8:00 A.M. at the Fair Oaks Country Club located at 7900 Fair Oaks Parkway in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas 78015. For more information on this event call (210) 843-7805.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Lexington Park, Maryland

From noon to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the “12th Annual Juneteenth African American Heritage Celebration” will take place in St. Mary’s County, Maryland located at John G. Lancaster Park 12550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Lexington Park, Maryland

At 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 the “5th Annual Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk to support the Juneteenth Festival & Three Oaks Homeless Shelter will take place. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 5K run/walk entirely within Lancaster Park, through the disc golf course and on the paved loop around the main park area. This is a USATF Certified course MD12011JS. John G. Lancaster Park 12550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Post-race refreshments. Awards to first overall male and female finishers, and top 3 males and females in the following age groups: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,

50-59, and 60-plus. The FEE to participate in this event is $20.00 dollars. The FEE is $25.00 dollars if you register to participate on race day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Chicago, Illinois

From 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. the Juneteenth Festival at Lindblom Festivals will be taking place. So stop by Lindblom Park to celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This event will include games, entertainment, face painting, swimming, and refreshments. Lindglom Park is located at 6054 S. Damen Avenue in Chicago, Illinois 60636. This is a free event open to all. Call (312) 747-6443 for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Spring Field, Illinois

The Springfield, Illinois Juneteenth Celebration is a two day event held every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of June. The celebration is held at Comer Cox Park located at South Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Springfield, Illinois 62703. The times each day are 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Activities include the annual kick-off parade down M.L.King Drive. Activities include the Marla Jean Hunter Memorial Basketball tournament,Double dutch contest and tennis clinic. Stage events include live Gospel and R&B performances, as well as praise dancers, Kareoke, and open stage.

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-- U.S. SENATOR TIM KAINE is the Democrat from Virginia who co-sponsored S.RES. 474.


July 4, 2015

upcoming “independence day” events for houston, texas Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO. This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the American Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.com. US Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health. Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability. The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or

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Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office. ------------------------------------------------------

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jUDGE LOYD WRIGHT DISCUSSES FREEDOM WITH AUBREY R. TAYLOR AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you?

medals. But none of it seemed a lifetime worth of the pain of the mother that bore me. It JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Any discuswas like I was empty. Well, I’m sion of freedom begins with paying not empty anymore. That’s homage to the brave men and what’s important, to feel useful women who fought and died to prein this old world, to hit a lick serve our freedom and liberate others against what’s wrong or to say from tyranny and oppression around a word for what’s right even the world. These courageous men though you get walloped for and women selflessly gave life and saying that word. Now I may limb for country and freedom. The sound like a Bible beater best way to honor them is for us to yelling up a revival at a river preserve and protect the very freecrossing camp meeting, but doms and values for which they so that don’t change the truth willingly gave everything. none. There’s right and there’s In simplest terms, freedom wrong. You got to do one or means the right to live as we choose the other. You do the one and so long as we don't hurt others or you’re living. You do the other their property. It means the right to and you may be walking make our own decisions knowing around, but you’re dead as a that the consequences of those debeaver hat." cisions are ours alone. The exercise Now I know Davy didn't of our freedoms ideally contemplates make that speech, but the inevery individual’s inner struggle to spiring words remind me of be their "better self", to listen to the the struggle for freedom and "better angels of our nature”. While the rugged individualism that in our imperfect world this does not defined this country and the always occur, we realize that living great State of Texas. They dein a free society is worth the cost. scribe the ideal of how to exerWhat meaning would life have withcise our freedoms - to always out the freedom to chart our own strive to "do the right thing". destiny and to live as we choose? As They embody a spirit in this Ben Franklin said, “They who can country I hope we never lose. Judge Loyd Wright (Harris County Probate We must be ever vigilant in give up essential liberty to obtain a Court #1) and Governor of Texas Greg Abbott protecting our freedoms. As little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ronald Reagan said: “FreeOne of my favorite movies is dom is never more than one "The Alamo" where John Wayne (as Davy Crockett) makes the generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children following speech: "……When I come down here to Texas, I was in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed looking for something. I didn’t know what. Seems like you added on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset up my life and I spent it all either stomping other men or, in some years telling our children and our children's children what it was cases, getting stomped. Had me some money and had me some once like in the United States where men were free.”

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Missouri City Ranks as the 4th Best Suburb in the Houston area According to 2015 Niche Ranking

HBC Reports

According to 2015 Niche Ranking’s recent release, Missouri City is #4 best city in our area. Niche ranks U.S. suburbs based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a suburb offers a high quality of life to its residents based on information provided on their website.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “I’d like to congratulate Mayor Allen Owen, the mayor of Missouri City for the fine job he and the council are doing to keep Missouri City consistently at or near the top of almost every ranking released for the best places to live, work, and play in the Houston area.”

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: “It is great that Missouri City was named #4 out of 50 cities as Best Suburbs in the Houston Area. Missouri City is the ONLY Fort Bend City to be in the top 10. I guess it isn't such a bad place to live after all. And it’s not just my opinion. Others recognize it as well. Congratulations to our citizens for making it that way.”

Visit www.local.niche.com If you would like more information on the criteria that was used to compile the 2015 Niche Ranking.

Here are a few suburbs that made the list: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Friendswood - Galveston County, Texas Webster - Harris County, Texas League City - Galveston County, Texas Missouri City - Fort Bend County, Texas Nassau Bay - Harris County, Texas

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6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37.

Seabrook - Chambers County, Texas Jersey Village - Harris County, Texas Katy - Harris County, Texas Tomball - Harris County, Texas Pearland - Brazoria County, Texas Hedwig Village - Harris County, Texas Bellaire - Harris County, Texas Stafford - Fort Bend County, Texas Roman Forest - Montgomery County, Texas La Porte - Harris County, Texas Brookside Village - Brazoria County, Texas Rosenberg - Fort Bend County, Texas Pasadena - Harris County, Texas Richmond - Fort Bend County, Texas Humble - Harris County, Texas Woodbranch - Montgomery County, Texas Galena Park - Harris County, Texas Spring Valley Village - Harris County, Texas Angleton - Brazoria County, Texas Manvel - Brazoria County, Texas Arcola - Fort Bend County, Texas Dickinson - Galveston County, Texas Alvin - Brazoria County, Texas South Houston - Harris County, Texas Texas City - Galveston County, Texas Lake Jackson - Brazoria County, Texas Freeport - Brazoria County, Texas Santa Fe - Galveston County, Texas Mont Belvieu - Chambers County, Texas Splendora - Montgomery County, Texas Hitchcock - Galveston County, Texas La Marque - Galveston County, Texas


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“As a community of believers we must have the courage to go after our dreams. So don’t allow political operatives, so-called leaders or anyone else to deter you from stepping out in faith and going after your dream.” - Aubrey

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CITY CONTROLLER GREEN

Ronald C. Green is currently serving his third and final term as Controller for the city of Houston. Voters in Houston will elect a new controller in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER

Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her third and final term as Mayor of Houston. Voters in Houston will elect a new mayor in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

AT-LARGE POSITION 1

Council Member Stephen Costello is currently serving his third and final term in office. The Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 seat will be open in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

AT-LARGE POSITION 2

Council Member David Robinson is currently serving his first term in office and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.


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AT-LARGE POSITION 3

Council Member Kubosh is currently serving his first term in office. The Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 seat will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

AT-LARGE POSITION 4

Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford is currently serving his third and final term in office. The Houston City Council At-Large Position 4 seat will be open in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

AT-LARGE POSITION 5

Council Member Jack Christie is currently serving his second term and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A

Council Member Brenda Stardig is currently serving her second term in office serving the people of Houston City Council District A and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B

Council Member Jerry Davis is currently serving his second term in office serving the people of Houston City Council District B and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C

Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her second term in office. Council Member Ellen Cohen will be running for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election for Houston City Council District C.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D

Council Member Dwight Boykins is currently serving his first term in office and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E

Council Member Dave Martin is currently serving his first term in office and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT F

Council Member Richard Nguyen is currently serving his first term in office and will be running for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT G

Council Member Oliver Pennington is currently serving his third and final term in office. The Houston City Council District G seat will be open in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT H

Councilman Ed Gonzalez is the Houston City Council District H Council Member. Council Member Ed Gonzalez is currently serving his third and final term. The Houston City Council District H seat will be open in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT I

Council Member Robert Gallegos is currently serving his first term in office and will be running for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT J

Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his second term in office and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K

Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his second term in office and will be up for re-election in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

ABOUT HOUSTON’S CITY COUNCIL

The City Council is the City's legislative body, with the power to enact and enforce all ordinances and resolutions. Eleven Council Members are elected from districts and five are elected at-large, by all voters of the City. The sixteen members of Council, along with the Mayor, act only by ordinance, resolution or motion. They adopt and may alter the annual budget and confirm the Mayor's appointments. Council is responsible for the appropriation and issuance of bonds, the awarding of contracts and the approval of City expenditures over $50,000. Council may lease or dispose of the City's real estate and may levy assessments against property. Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public. Sixteen Council Members are elected every two years, in oddnumbered years. Council Members are limited to serving three terms of two years each, with each term beginning on January 2 of the even-numbered year. Five Council Members are elected AtLarge, or city-wide, while the other eleven are elected to geographic districts of roughly the same proportion of population. -------------------------------------------You can write to your Council Member at: 900 Bagby / City Hall Annex / First Floor / Houston, TX 77002.


“Men have no place inside the women’s restroom with us. Vote for me, and we will do something about Mayor Annise Parker’s HERO Ordinance.” - Victoria Lane

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”

A VOTE FOR VICTORIA LANE IS A VOTE TO DO SOMETHING!

VICTORIA WILL: Amend the HERO ordinance to clearly define the difference between a man and a woman; Reduce Houston’s debt; Make Houston the ‘Tourism Capital” of the South; Modernize and repair our streets; Improve the Education System; Employ local contractors for City governmental projects;Make sure every HPD Officer is equipped with a ‘Body Camera”, and work diligently and tirelessly to make Houston more friendly to our environment.

‘“We need ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ and ‘MORAL LEADERSHIP’ in the driver’s seat at City Hall.” --Victoria Lane, for Mayor of Houston

EARLY VOTING STARTS MON. OCT.OBER 19TH

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3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 Contact: (713)942-8920

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. The museum’s Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Currently, Major Charles Williams, Historian and former member of the United States Army, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District. We are the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the AfricanAmerican soldier, in the United States of America. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

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Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free Admission on Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM General Admission: $10.00 per adult $5.00 per student(including college W/ID), Senior 60-older, military, children 5-under-FREE

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2015 Juneteenth Calendar of Events featuring 2015 Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall  

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