If you’ve been paying attention to social media, folks are canceling July 4th celebrations and bringing in Juneteenth celebrations and I’m here for it. For those wondering what Juneteenth is and what’s the talk about it, well Juneteenth is the day enslavement of African American people in the United States ended. June 19th, 1865 was the day the influence of the Emancipation Proclamation (officially released January 1st, 1863) finally reached Texas and all slaves were free. It took two years and a half for this news to finally make an impact and it happened on June 19th.

Till this year Juneteenth is widely celebrated as a day for African American citizens to get together and speak their truth. This year is a little different due to racism still being a huge issue in our society to this day. On Juneteenth, here in Charlotte, there will be a couple of events & festivals going on as a call to action for the community to attend, learn about our history, and speak about what’s going on in this world today.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas is a festival full of culture, vendors, performers and open mic which will be held June 19th-21st at 10 am-8 pm each day with free admission. (1215 Thomas Avenue, in Plaza Midwood)

Food Truck Rally will be held on Friday, June 19th, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event will serve as a call to action against police brutality, bringing the community together with music and food at Hornets Nest Park (6301 Beatties Ford Road)

Juneteenth Social Distance Block Party will be on June 20th, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 2848 Queen City Drive. This free community event will feature live entertainment, raffles, giveaways, and community vendors.

**Masks are required to be worn at all of these events to ensure safety**

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige