Juneteenth celebration announced

156 years later, thousands of Americans overwhelmingly celebrate the noted June 19, date of ending (in 1865) slavery of Afican-Americans in America. Known commonly as Juneteenth.

UNITY in the Community awareness and service committee along with Payne Subdivision Enhancement and Awareness Committee, will host activities in honor of the noted June 19 date. This year’s events, activities will be over a two-day period, June 18-19. An opening ceremony, “Breaking the Chains,” will be held on Friday June 18, 5:30 in the parking lot of First Baptist Church-North Street. The setting will include an ecumenical service inside the church-vending and community informational booths and activities outside.

Saturday, June 19, A Freedom Health Walk at 8 am will start at the Ben Johnson Community Park in the 600 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, setting the tone for an afternoon celebration at 2:00 in the Payne Subdivision community. This scope of the 2021 celebration will include a parade, community recognition program and a talent exhibition activity, themed, “The Dynamics of Our Heritage: A Family Reunion.”Open to the public, all of the events, activities are family-oriented.

During this year’s celebration, special recognition will include: the 100th birthday of Louisiana’s only African-American governor, P.B.S. Pinchback, first students to integrate Northwestern State University, civic and religious leaders; John G. Lewis and the Rev. A. Rayford Blount and spotlighting the distinction of the Greenwood District/”Black Wall Street” (Tulsa, Ok. race massacre) impacting American history.

For information, contact: Mildred Joseph at (318) 581-3561, Melissa S. Moffett, (318) 663-0345, Roosevelt Jackson, III, (318) 332-1542, Bernard Johnson, (318) 332-5551 or Ralph Wilson at (318) 332-8254.