This Sunday, June 14 at 10:30 am, we invite you to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the longest continuously observed holidays in American history that honors emancipation from slavery, with Black Vermonters. Juneteenth honors June 19, the day in 1865 when news of emancipation and the end of the Civil War reached Texas and the last slaves learned they were free. The event will also honor the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and all past and recent victims of racialized terror. This will be a limited in-person gathering that we invite the general public to livestream on social media.
June 14th, 2020 10:30 am Featuring: Katrina Battle, Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington Kyle Dodson, Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Burlington Harmony Edosomwan, Local Activist & Artist Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, University of Vermont Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Jabari Jones, Local Racial Justice Activist, Healer & Baker Ashley Laporte, Burlington Resident & Community Leader Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Episcopal Bishop of Vermont Maroni Minter, ACLU of Vermont Tabitha Moore, President of Rutland NAACP Kiah Morris, Rights & Democracy Skyler Nash, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate You will be able to find the livestream at the following pages: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keshaforvermont/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeshaRamVT Twitter: https://twitter.com/KeshaRam You may access the recording of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJkWMLSqRNKLoyUZQiNoAcQ Join us to reflect on how far we've come and how far we have left to go in honoring and supporting Black lives. All the best, Kesha