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Kudos to the Minneapolis Juneteenth committee

By Jimmy Stroud

Contributing Writer

 

Kudos to the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, Inc. and their many volunteers for another safe and successful Juneteenth event held at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis on June 16, 2012. As I roamed around the park taking hundreds of event photographs — 548 to be precise — I was able to talk and listen to many people who fully embraced the festivities and a few complainers with one foot in and one foot out, so to speak. I heard everything from “What happened to the parade and the 10K run?” to “This park is great and has a lot of stuff for children to do here.”

The Juneteenth celebration is a day that remembers the slaves in Galveston, Texas who were told slavery was abolished two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. That means the Juneteenth celebration is about freedom. So let us remember and make room for freedom of opinion and speech of those people who attend and critique Juneteenth celebrations anywhere. Continue Reading →

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