Black Vancouver to host Emancipation Day march next week

Jun 12 2020, 5:13 pm

COVID-19 disclaimer: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officer, if you choose to attend public demonstrations, please adhere to coronavirus health safety measures, including proper physical distancing and wearing a mask.

A demonstration in support of Black lives is scheduled to take place in Vancouver next week.

On Friday, June 19, Black Vancouver will host a Juneteenth march. The event follows two massive protests that took place in Vancouver earlier this month, calling for an end to police brutality, anti-Black racism, and injustice following George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday that began in 1865. According to the Juneteenth website, the day marks the “oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.”

“Though Canadian, we cannot ignore the direct ties that many of our citizens have with our neighbouring Americans below,” Black Vancouver said. “This makes the celebration of Juneteenth just as important for us as it is for them.”

Organizers add that many of the community has pushed for a “march in unity.”

“It is not only emotionally expressive but holds immense power, history and tradition, and is a powerful tool to create change and express community values.”

The march will begin at Jack Poole Plaza at 4 pm. In addition to participating, organizers are asking for donations to help fund Black Lives Matters T-shirts that will be handed out at the march.

“We invite the public to join in and support,” says Black Vancouver. “The time to stand together is now.”

Juneteenth March at Jack Poole Plaza

When: Friday, June 19
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Jacke Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

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