Union City Celebrates Juneteenth With Jazz Concert

The James Austin, Jr. Trio performed a jazz concert in Union City’s Ellsworth Park on Wednesday evening, commemorating the end of slavery in Texas in 1865.

About twenty residents sat and listened to some tremendous music, reflecting on what June 19, 1865 means to American history…how the emancipation of 250,000 slaves in Texas did not end discrimination in this country.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the I Have A Dream speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, President Joe Biden’s signing in 2021 of a law making Juneteenth a federal holiday.  All extremely important parts of United States’ history.

But so much more more still needs to be done in our nation to end prejudice and discrimination.  The goal must be equality for all.

Wednesday’s concert was just one small way Union City moved toward that goal.

Refreshments were available for those in attendance.