As protests continue across the country, there are many people looking to support the movement for social justice in other ways. One such person is Vlad Gaetan.
Now, more than ever, Gaetan contends that Black unity is paramount to the continued success of the movement that has sprung forward after the police murder of George Floyd. While the focus of the protests has been on stopping police brutality and murder, it has created a wealth of community-focused support such as the upcoming Juneteenth celebration that Gaetan has put together in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club for June, 19.
Juneteenth celebrates the last enslaved people being informed of their freedom in Galveston, TX and is widely considered to be the true independence day. All events are organized by Gaetan and the Boys and Girls club but independently hosted at Phelps Park in order to best meet social distancing guidelines set forth by the state.
The events include a five-on-five basketball tournament, and a seven-on-seven football tournament, as well as a cookout and a food drive to help support the community.
All activities are free to the public and everyone is encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.
The Juneteenth Cookout will be held on June 19 from 12-5 pm at Phelps Park, located at 701 E 39th St, Minneapolis.
Phil Hall is a contributing writer to the MN Spokesman-Recorder. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.