Celebrate Juneteenth on Friday (6/19)
Orlando’s Juneteenth Celebration Friday (6/19) is coming right on time and in step with nearly daily demonstrations in O-town to end police brutality and systemic racism.
Activities will kick off with a car caravan and a freedom walk with a rally near the bandshell at Lake Eola at 3 p.m., a block party in the 600 block of West Pine Street near the soccer stadium at 4 p.m., and a free screening of the critically acclaimed film “Just Mercy” in the plaza at Orlando City Hall, starting at 8 p.m.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
The Orlando event is one of 40 around the country being held Friday by the Juneteenth Leadership Coalition that includes the Arc of Justice; SEIU/32BJ; Until Freedom; The Gathering For Justice; The Indigenous Peoples Movement; celebrities Yandy Smith and Kristen Scott; public officials and activists including Tamika Mallory; Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr; the Rev. Mark Thompson, and others.