BRIDGE Juneteenth Celebration 2023

Looking forward to a great celebration!

Saturday and Sunday Schedule - click to expand

Saturday, June 17th 2023

12:55 Opening song – Selma Glory

1:00 Prayer 

1:05 Poetry - Melody Marion-Bickham

1:10 Welcome / Black National Anthem 

1:15 About BRIDGE 

1:20 Song -  Occasion Juneteenth Maverick city (Lecrae) / Reading Galveston Texas 

1:25 Introduction of  Keynote Speaker /Bio Africa Perrin

1:30 Keynote Speaker- Robin Rue Simmons


1:50 Song Tori Goshay 

1:55 Holi Athlete Movement Break

2:15 Seth Golden Child Watson

2:30 Raffle Pull

2:35 Dance - Flosse Ray

2:40 Jesse White Tumblers

3:10 Raffle Pull/ Spoken Word - She.Unapologetic

3:30 Police Award

3:35 Closing Remarks / Song

Sunday, June 18th 2023

9:00am Join us at STUDYS Ministries Church for a combined celebration service and fellowship!


616 N. Bridgeport Terrace Unit J (6.74 mi)

Lindenhurst, IL, IL 60046

Robin Rue Simmons


Robin Rue Simmons is the Founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair, a not-for-profit

organization that informs local reparations, nationally. Previously, Rue Simmons was the 5th

Ward Alderman for the City of Evanston, IL, when she led, in collaboration with others, the

passage of the nation’s first government-funded Black reparations legislation.

To date, $20 million has been committed to reparations by the City. She serves as the

chairperson of the City’s Reparations Committee which oversees its initial Restorative Housing

Program. It began disbursements in January 2021. Several other governmental entities across

the country are actively seeking to follow Evanston’s example.

Rue Simmons was born and raised in the largely segregated 5th Ward of Evanston, a city of

75,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan on the northern border of Chicago.

She laid the foundation for her life’s work in 1998 when she became a residential real estate

broker. Troubled by the wealth disparities and concentrated poverty she witnessed locally and

saw in other communities, she wanted to help young adults begin to build wealth through


As an entrepreneur, she has launched and operated multiple businesses, including a bookstore

in the 5th Ward, that also offered free after-school programming. She started a construction

company in Evanston that employed Black tradespeople and developed dozens of affordable

houses funded by the Illinois Neighborhood Stabilization Program. She continues to manage a

handful of residential and commercial properties that she owns in Evanston. Until she started

FirstRepair in 2021, Rue Simmons was the Director of Innovation and Outreach for Sunshine

Enterprises, a not-for-profit on Chicago’s South Side, which has supported over one thousand

entrepreneurs (virtually all African American and three-quarters women) in launching or growing

their own businesses.

Rue Simmons served as an Evanston alderman from 2017-2021, serving on multiple

committees and chairing several. During her tenure, she prioritized improving the lived

experiences of and expanding opportunities for Black residents in Evanston, most notably

through her work on reparations.

Rue Simmons is a current University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Pritzker Fellow, a group

that includes Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan and Steve Sisolak. The Institute of Politics is a

nonpartisan program that annually brings groups of prominent politicians, journalists and

diplomats to the University of Chicago to conduct on-campus seminars.

Rue Simmons is also a commissioner of the National African-American Reparations

Commission (NAARC), a board member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in

America (N’COBRA), and a board member of Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless. She

previously served as a board member for the National League of Cities’ National Black Caucus

of Local Elected Leaders and as the President of the Evanston Black Business Alliance.

1900 Asbury Avenue  Evanston, IL 60201

Rue Simmons has received numerous awards for her reparations and other public service work

including from the City of Evanston; Evanston/North Shore NAACP; Urban One; Dearborn

Realtists Board; Democratic Party of Evanston; Route Fifty; Realtists Women’s Council of

Illinois; Family Focus; Chessmen Club of the North Shore; Distinguished Alumni – Evanston

Township High School and the recipient of the prestigious 2022 American Association for

Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED) (pronounced triple A ED) Rosa Parks Award.

She has been covered in numerous national and international publications, on television and

radio, and in podcasts including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public

Radio, The Guardian, ABC’s Nightline, and CNN. Rue Simmons is also featured in The Big

Payback, a documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Festival in June 2022 and began airing

nationally on PBS on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, January 16, 2023.

Rue Simmons attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she majored in

communications. She has two young adult children.

FOOD and Treats

pizza + pasta + salad + goodies

Pre-Packaged Ice Cream which include, Blue Bunny, Good Humor, Popsicle, Nestle, and Helados Mexican.  

We also carry top rated shaved ice flavors from Snowie with over 25 flavors to mix and choose from!  On site

Lyrics - Lift Every Voice and Sing

Song by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing

Till earth and heaven ring

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on till victory is won

Stony the road we trod

Bitter the chastening rod

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died

Yet with a steady beat

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered

Out from the gloomy past

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

God of our weary years

God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way

Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee

Shadowed beneath Thy hand

May we forever stand

True to our God

True to our native land

Our native land

Transcript of the Proclamation

January 1, 1863

A Transcription

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

"That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

"That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

Meaning Behind Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth:

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. 

Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

The year following 1865, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of "Jubilee Day" on June 19. In the ensuing decades, Juneteenth commemorations featured music, barbecues, prayer services and other activities, and as Black people migrated from Texas to other parts of the country the Juneteenth tradition spread. 

In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday; several others followed suit over the years. In June 2021, Congress passed a resolution establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday; President Biden signed it into law on June 17, 2021. 

      Raymond Goodall        (Flosse)

             Tori Goshay


         Meldody Marion- Bickham

           The Jesse White Tumblers

  Seth Golden Child Watson

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