The George Bush Presidential Library is celebrating Juneteenth a little early. Festivities start Thursday morning at 9 with the 4th Annual Freedom March. The march starts at the Lincoln Recreational Center and finishes at the Bush Library. To join the March, you can contact Lance Jackson, Lincoln Center Director, at 764-3733.
Following the march, Bush Museum Storyteller Guild presents, "Freedom's Legacy: Stories of African Heritage," from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The event will include an interactive presentation by highly acclaimed storyteller Jali Opalanga, who uses powerful monologues, percussion instruments, living history stories, African folktales and audience participation to capture the true spirit of the Juneteenth story.
Contact Monica Lerma at 691-4006 for free reservations to the Juneteenth storytelling event.
An educators seminar will also begin at 9, Thursday morning, with a presentation from Ms. Opalanga on Sources of African-American Historical Traditions.
The afternoon educators workshop will be presented by Dr. James Bradford, an expert on maritime and naval history and a professor of history at Texas A&M University.
He will be speaking on early American history from the 1780s to 1820. Registration for the workshop is $35. For more information you can contact Education Director Dr. Shirley Hammond for seminar reservations at 691-4013.
You can also check out the George Bush Library's website for more information at http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.