In previous years, you may not have heard of Friday’s holiday, Juneteenth.
This year, however, following the death of unarmed Black man George Floyd, the day is being brought front and centre.
June 19, commonly known as Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Even after the Proclamation, states like Texas were slow to free its own citizens. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, that the remaining slave states were liberated.
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Many online have been calling on companies and governments to adopt the date as a holiday and have also decided to take action in their cities.
Here are several Juneteenth marches and protests taking place around Seattle.
Enjoy sound healing, Black imagination, and a dance party at the CHOP. The day is a day of healing as well as protesting for policy and systemic change to our systems.
Location: The CHOP
Time: 8 am to 8 pm
Come out to Judkins Park to hear from over 25 speakers including Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine. The group will be working towards educating the public on the things in our city and state that have been an impediment to justice, equity, and police accountability.
Location: Judkins Park, Seattle
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Until 9:30 today, take part in the Juneteenth March and Celebration from 22nd and Madison South on 23rd Avenue to Jimi Hendrix Park.
Location: 22nd and Madison, Seattle
Time: 2 pm to 9:30 pm
If I gotta choose a favorite union, it’s gotta be ILWU. They’re always down for action. pic.twitter.com/5aPXUls01q
— aaron (@leftyaaron) June 19, 2020
With files from Wyatt Fosset.
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