MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – At Well being Sciences Park within the Medical District Friday night time, it was a Memphis Juneteenth competition not like some other.
“We stand right here right this moment celebrating Juneteenth and that liberation. And we’re doing it collectively and inclusively,” mentioned Memphian, writer, and life coach, Mario Nolan-Dillard
Twenty-four hours earlier, President Joe Biden signed the invoice making Juneteenth, the commemoration of the tip of slavery, a federal vacation.
“Love, love, love! Thanks President Biden. Thanks a lot,” mentioned competition organizer Telisa Franklin. “Thanks for answering so many individuals. Some have handed on, however they mentioned in the future they need folks to acknowledge Juneteenth.”
That is the twenty eighth Memphis Juneteenth Pageant. It provides academic supplies about Juneteenth and different essential occasions in black historical past. There’s nice meals and unbelievable music. You could find distinctive merchandise from black distributors, like Cynthia Johnson, who sells potpourri, lotions, and physique scrubs produced from her grandmother’s recipes from Jamaica.
“We’d like hope,” mentioned Johnson about celebrating Juneteenth. “And we have to see issues are altering. And I believe the temper of the nation is being lifted. So, this can be a sea of change.”
Different Juneteenth occasions in Memphis happening Saturday, June 19, which is the official day to look at the vacation, embody the Juneteenth Store Black Pageant at Fourth Bluff Park beginning at 11 a.m.
Slave Haven Museum may have particular musical performances and dramatic readings.
The Nationwide Civil Rights Museum will host a digital celebration, together with a presentation on the evolution of being black in America.
Again at Well being Sciences Park, Accomplice Basic Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statue and stays at the moment are gone. The ocean of change has arrived with an essential reminder:
“If we don’t be taught from our historical past,” mentioned Nolan-Dillard, “we’re doomed to repeat it.”
The Memphis Juneteenth Pageant will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. It’s free and open to everybody.
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