The Columbia Association of Black Social Workers (CABSW) will host a FREE community awareness program on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6 -8 pm at the Cecil Tillis Center, 2111 Simpkins Lane, Columbia, SC 29204. Dr. Glover Hopkins, Associate Professor at Benedict College, Social Work Department, will present key findings on “Saving Our Sons”. NABSW President Joe Benton will address the significance of the holiday on the upcoming elections. In addition to free food and fellowship, Voter Photo IDs will be available. African drummers will perform. Adults are invited to bring their youth and children for this exciting and fun cultural experience. Afro-centric attire is encouraged.
On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX to inform inhabitants of the Civil War’s end two months earlier. June 19th soon came to known as “Juneteenth” in recognition of the emancipation of the Texas slaves. Juneteenth is promoted not only as a commemoration of African-American freedom but also as an example and encouragement of self-development and respect for all cultures. One contact hour will be offered to professionals attending the event for a nominal fee ($5).
For more information, contact Program Co Chairs Tonya Hamilton at 803.318.3007 or Tameka Brown at 803.705.4493. CABSW advocates for justice, social change and human development to support and uplift people of African ancestry. Emma McGraw Myers is President of the Columbia Chapter that meets monthly (Fourth Sundays) at 4 pm.