Celebrate Juneteenth with a weeklong schedule of commemorative events in our community

Celebrate Juneteenth with a weeklong schedule of commemorative events in our community

Juneteenth commemorates freedom and is celebrated by bringing families and communities together. It’s a time for reflection, rejoicing, and learning about black history, culture, and achievements. We invite you and your family to celebrate at several free events this month. Continue reading Celebrate Juneteenth with a weeklong schedule of commemorative events in our community

Celebrate, honor, and learn from local African American writers in June at the Lincoln Rec Center

Celebrate, honor, and learn from local African American writers in June at the Lincoln Rec Center

In June, the Lincoln Recreation Center invites you to meet, greet, and have meaningful conversations with Brazos Valley African American authors. Admission is free, and each publication is available for purchase. We’ll explore and celebrate the compelling variety of Black writers, whose stories span generations with an illuminating array of fascinating experiences – some in our own community. Continue reading Celebrate, honor, and learn from local African American writers in June at the Lincoln Rec Center

Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

With Friday commemorating the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, it’s fitting that we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of College Station’s Lincoln Recreation Center. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and it started in Texas. As part of that celebration, let’s look back at the proud history of what began as Lincoln High School. Continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

Juneteenth week spotlights LRC’s legacy of community service

Juneteenth week spotlights LRC’s legacy of community service

By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

With the week of June 14-20 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, it’s fitting that we also celebrate the 35th anniversary of College Station’s Lincoln Recreation Center.

The city dedicated the old Lincoln High School as a neighborhood recreation center on June 6, 1980. Since then, the facility has been the location for many events and celebrations, as well as a safe and fun gathering place for our community’s youth. The center’s legacy of learning, community pride and freedom grows stronger each year.

President Abraham Lincoln, the center’s namesake, once said freedom is our last best hope. Hope may be defined to include an expectation of optimism and fun.

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Personal Reflections on the Meaning of Juneteenth

Every year, I feel blessed to celebrate, reflect and commemorate another Juneteenth. As a youth, I always anticipated our family trip to Belton Lake each June. It seemed like everyone we knew was there. The years have swiftly passed, and here we are, looking forward to yet another Juneteenth celebration.

Sankofa is an Akin word from the African country of Ghana that means “go back and get it.” The spirit of the word has transcended time, and if we transport ourselves back in history, we can find the true meaning of Juneteenth. For the last five years, the day has inspired my mission to research my family history.

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