“Studio 12” Episode on Juneteenth Available on Video-on-Demand
Release Date: 06/18/08
Author: B Hammond
Denver, CO – June 18, 2008 – “Colorado’s Juneteenth Festival,” an episode of “Studio 12” on Channel 12 KBDI, is available for viewing via the video-on-demand feature on www.kbdi.org.
Host Tamara Banks and panelists Brother Jeff Fard, from Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center & Café, Linda Colbert, of the Colorado Council for Urban Youth Development, Blair- Caldwell librarian Charleszine “Terry” Nelson and Jason Janz, pastor of Providence Bible Church, discussed the history of the Juneteenth celebration as well as the current development of the Five Points community.
Juneteenth is celebrated to commemorate the day the slaves in Texas heard the news of freedom. It is the oldest tribute to African American freedom. The Denver celebration was moved back to the Five Points community after a brief hiatus. The African American community stressed the importance of the Juneteenth celebration to their culture, and focus of this year’s celebration was “rebirth”.
The Five Points neighborhood was previously referred to as the “Harlem of the West” because of the strong history of African American lineage along Welton Street. However, the face of the Five Points community has been changing. The escalating price of housing and a steady flow of people moving into the area has changed the demographics of the neighborhood, creating a more diverse area.
Contacts: Brittany Hammond or Marcia Simmons, 303-489-4012