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Juneteenth Ritual of Remembrance

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Lake Merritt Boathouse Picnic Area

562 Bellevue Ave.

Oakland, California 94610

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Unlike most Juneteenth celebrations, this one honors our ancestors through the faith traditions they held before they were enslaved. Prayers will be offered by people of the First Nation; traditional African belief systems known as Khemet, Vodun, Ifa, Palo Mayombe; Abrahmic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Eastern traditions including Bhuddhism and Hinduism. The First Nation drum is brought by members of the Black Native American Association and the African Bata drums are brought by members of Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) who are the performing arm of the the event host, Omnira Institute. The Emancipation Proclamation will be read and the audience will be asked to join in some freedom and ring shout songs. This year's gathering brings attention to those martyred while trying to exercise their right to vote. The event is free, however Parks and Rec charges $5 per car to enter by the Fairyland entrance. There will be some seating and shade provided, especially for elders and the infirm, so you may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on the grass.

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Lake Merritt Boathouse Picnic Area

562 Bellevue Ave.

Oakland, California 94610

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