Juneteenth 2019

Written by Kuaji Hill

January 5, 2021

GME Jimmy Neal Receives Freedom Day Plaque​

On June 22nd, 2019 – Barbara Howard hosted the 12th annual Juneteeth Festival at the West Oakland Youth Center to celebrate the day that African American slaves living in southern Texas heard the news that slavery had ended; a proclamation not communicated to the slaves of Texas until June 19th 1865.

A Deserving Award – All Things Are Possible – If You Believe

Mr. Jimmy Neal has served the Oakland community by supporting youth education, the business acumen of entrepreneurs, as well as providing many miscellaneous tasks over the past 19 years; not limited to Oakland, he has also served the communities of Northern California, Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, and New Hampshire; He has also provided international support for the community of Dominica – a small island in the Caribbean as well as for the people in Brazil, South America, the countries in Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has also been invited to support the educational goals for schools in the country of Turkey.

For Juneteeth, GME raffled toys and bikes to the children as well as GME products such as: shoes, t-shirts and stickers for the kids. He also awarded Barbara Howard of BH Brilliant Minds Project, Inc. for her outstanding leadership in the community. Mr. Neal’s kindness has become an example to the communities that: “All Things Are Possible if You Believe”

Mr. Neal believes in education for all children, with a passion for providing more resources for under-served urban youth. As he says: “You can’t make it without education”.

Congratulations to you Mr. Neal on receiving your National Freedom Day Celebration Community Service award!

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