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Negro Election Day 2024

2nd Year State Holiday
284th year Negro Election Day


Salem United, Inc. 
Salem Presents

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2024

2nd State Holiday year and
6th year Black American Heritage Flag of 1967


Friday, July 19, 2024

Time:  12:00 p.m. (EST)  

Flag Raising
Riley Plaza, Salem
a.     TBA Program  
b.    TBA Flag Raisers



Time:  3:00 p.m. 



2nd State Holiday Year and 284th year Negro Election Day 



Saturday, July 20, 2024

Time:  8:00 a.m. (EST)  
Park Officially Opens

Time:  10:00 a.m. (EST)
Vendors will begin to Set up. 











Time:  11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Line Up for Parade – Shetland Park

(*Note:  Will have transportation to Parade start and back)










Time:  12:00 p.m. (EST)
Parade – streamed live on NBC Universal

Time:  12:00 p.m. (EST)Food and Fun

Time:  1:30 p.m. (EST)
Presentation of gift flag to city




Flag Raising:  American Flag & Black American Heritage Flag

Playing of "The Colors"

Flag Raisers:  Grand Marshalls

Time:  12:00 p.m. (EST)
Kid’s corner
Kid’s area for safe play area

Dignitaries and Speakers
Featured Speaker Grand Marshalls
Invited Guests
Time:  2:00 p.m. 












Entertainment Returns





Time:  6:00 p.m. last Act (headliner) 

Closing Remarks


DJ Performers
Time:  8:00 p.m. (EST)  
Negro Election Day Officially Ends

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Why We Use The Original Name "NEGRO"

1550s, "member of a black-skinned race of Africa," from Spanish or Portuguese negro "black," from Latin nigrum (nominative niger) "black, dark, sable, dusky" (applied to the night sky, a storm, the complexion), figuratively "gloomy, unlucky, bad, wicked," according to de Vaan a word of unknown etymology; according to Watkins, perhaps from PIE *nekw-t- "night." The Latin word also was applied to the black peoples of Africa, but the usual terms were Aethiops and Afer.

As an adjective from 1590s. Use with a capital N- became general early 20c. (e.g. 1930 in "New York Times" stylebook) in reference to U.S. citizens of African descent, but because of its perceived association with white-imposed attitudes and roles the word was ousted late 1960s in this sense by Black (q.v.).

Professor Booker T. Washington, being politely interrogated ... as to whether negroes ought to be called 'negroes' or 'members of the colored race' has replied that it has long been his own practice to write and speak of members of his race as negroes, and when using the term 'negro' as a race designation to employ the capital 'N' [Harper's Weekly, June 2, 1906]
Meaning "African-American vernacular, the English language as spoken by U.S. blacks" is from 1704. French nègre is a 16c. borrowing from Spanish negro. Older English words were Moor and blackamoor. A Middle English word for "Ethiopian" (perhaps also "a negro" generally) was blewman "blue man."

*Note:  Why did Salem United use the original Name of “Negro” when preserving the history of Negro Election Day instead of Black Picnic.  Historically, our people are saying that Negro derived from the white man.  It was used as a negative.  A demeaning word for Black people.  The word Negro became a stereotype, along with the images of Aunt Jemima and other historically black figures.  The loss of Aunt Jemima on the box caused our people to lose a valuable statement of a black owned business; now just a plain box with no black history.


However, long before whites used the word it was a part of our cultural heritage.  I will not be a part of whitewashing our history, culture or legacy.  In order to neutralize the stereotypes, we must reclaim them.  I am reappropriating the symbols of our oppressors.


We should respect our elders and predecessors who lived by that word, did the work of freedom fighting and still recognized today.  

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc
Negro Baseball League

United Negro College Fund

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. - NCNW

and more including Negro Election Day.  

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