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Black Seminoles, Bahamian historians trace our hidden Florida heritage

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Miami, FL
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
History, Blacks, African Americans, Florida, Native Americans, Caribbean, Culture, Black culture, Minority & ethnic groups, Entertainment, North America, Motion pictures, Indigenous people, Video recordings, Tinker, Keith, Outten-Stubbs, Kim, Wood, David
The daytime workshops will be complemented by evening community programs held at the Historic Lyric Theatre, 819 NW Second Avenue in Overtown. On Monday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. a special "Maroon Double Feature" film showing will celebrate the Pan African spirit of resistance with a presentation of "Maluala" by Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral and "Quilombo" by Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues. Both have become modern classics. Based on historical fact, these powerful dramas depict the struggle of those who dared to escape from slavery and establish independent, fiercely defended Maroon communities. Time will be allowed for discussion after the films. June 19 is officially celebrated in several states as "Juneteenth," commemorating that date in 1865 when the last of the enslaved African American population in East texas received word of the Emancipation Proclamation at the end of the Civil War. Because "No one was really free until everyone was free," this date, shortened by custom over the years to "Juneteenth." was considered the true end of the institution of slavery in the United States.