NEW HAMPSHIRE

Portsmouth

The public is invited to our "Juneteenth" celebration in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The party will be from 4-6 pm on Saturday, June 19 at "The Pearl of Portsmouth" located at the corner of Pearl and Hanover Streets near downtown Portsmouth. Featured speakers will be the essay winners from last January's student contest. Call 433-0260 for directions. The Pearl formerly was the People's Baptist Church, the first and only black church in the state for half a century. The building has been adapted lovingly to its new function as a conference center. And it is a documented site on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. In October 1952, Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the guest speaker and Miss Coretta Scott was the guest soloist at a special fifty-ninth anniversary service in this church. King was at that time a student at Boston University and his future wife was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music. New Hampshire has been the only state not to observe MLK's birthday since Arizona adopted the holiday. Finally, after 20 years of refusing to join the other states in honoring this world leader, the state will have an official MLK/Civil Rights Day to celebrate on the third Monday in 2000. On Juneteenth, bring bells and tamborines to let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire as we celebrate this historic moment. The public is invited free of charge, all ages, to gather in this special place for the purpose of congratulating the work of those who lobbied, wrote letters, explained, rallied, prayed, educated, made posters, sang songs, made fliers, testified, and finally, we will celebrate those who voted--even those who voted no are welcomed to join us! Need more info? Call Valerie at 603-431-2768 or write to her at pbhtrail@aol.com. Peace and freedom.