HBDA celebrated Juneteenth with a cookout at Lillian Beard Deaf Connection Center (LBDCC) on June 16, 2012. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States celebrating the end of slavery in 1865. It is officially recognized as a state holiday by Texas and over 40 states plus the District of Columbia. Every year around the 19th of June, families get together to celebrate the freedom of former slaves by barbecuing, attending parades, sharing music, and telling stories. Thanks to LBDCC for their place to stay cool inside during the cookout with grills outside, HBDA and people had a wonderful time, good food, and great fellowship.
Thomas Winston as the Sole Grill Chef
Cookout attendees enjoyed their meals inside the building.
One of Three Raffle Ticket Winners
2nd Raffle Ticket Winner
3rd Raffle Ticket Winner
One of attendees asked for another chicken because they tasted good!
Attendees had fun chatting with each other.
Emmanuel Eziashi as a HBDA Member and One of LBDCC Staff
The room was so cool that attendees lingered inside.
Three gentlemen posed for photos.
President Shirley Allen, wearing a lime-green shirt, shared stories with some of attendees
at a table while a deaf-blind lady in a purple shirt closely watched an interpreter.
Termiea is one of rare African Americans who don't like eating chickens;
fortunately, HBDA provided hot dogs.
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