Vancouver unites for Juneteenth Freedom March (PHOTOS)

Jun 20 2020, 11:08 am

A huge crowd of marched through downtown Vancouver on Friday for the Juneteenth Freedom March in support of the larger Black Lives Matter movement and Vancouver’s Black community.

June 19 marked “Juneteenth” – also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day — an annual holiday that began in 1865 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

Protesters gathered in Jack Poole Plaza at 4 pm before marching down Thurlow Street to finish at Sunset Beach.

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Once at Sunset Beach, speakers address issues anti-Black violence and teaching Black and Indigenous history in schools. Organizers Nova Stevens and Shamika Mitchell brought in a stage so people seated on the hill could hear and see the message. 

 

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Juneteenth 2020

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