Today is Juneteenth… Here’s What That Means and How to Get Involved Locally

Today is Juneteenth… Here’s What That Means and How to Get Involved Locally

Today is Juneteenth… Here’s What That Means and How to Get Involved Locally

Today marks exactly one year since Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf officially made Juneteenth “National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania, giving state employees off today for observance.

But Juneteenth extends waaaay beyond one year.

According to Juneteenth.com:

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Today you’ll see people celebrating, protesting, and observing nationally, but also right here in Happy Valley.

The Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration goes down today in the MLK Plaza in Downtown State College off Fraser Street but there is ALSO an online option.

According to the event page on Facebook:

Join us in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States as we celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, 2020 in State College.
A Mix of LIVE and VIRTUAL components will begin at NOON at the MLK Plaza, 135 S Fraser St.
We ask the public who attend the in-person event to respect the space of those around them, kindly follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask.
So whether you want to physically go downtown or sit and home and watch on your computer, you can get involved with the local celebrations organized by the local NAACP.
After today’s Juneteenth celebrations from Noon-1pm, there will also be a local virtual chat with Terry Watson and Leslie Laing:
In addition to today’s celebration, there will also be a “Chalk The Block” event this coming Sunday in Downtown State College at the Allen St. Gates to “demand racial justice” organized by the State College Sunrise group. And bring chalk if you can!
Will you be attending any of the events this weekend? Comment below and let us know what you will be doing to celebrate!
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