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Ann Arbor To Host Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19, 2020

The Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP is working with the City of Ann Arbor and other local groups to host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.  

The event will start with a Walk for Racial Justice at 9 am along the Border-to-Border trail at Fuller Park and end at Wheeler Park.  From noon until 2 pm, community leaders will speak on the history of Juneteenth and the current racial climate affecting African-Americans.  William Hampton is president of the Ann Arbor NAACP and says a moment of silence will also be observed. 

William Hampton: It’s also important to mention that there’s going to be an 8-minute 46-seconds.  Reason why we’re having an 8-minute 46-seconds is because of George Floyd. 

Those who attend the event are encouraged to wear masks and respect social distancing guidelines.  The group Protectors of Equality in Government and the University of Michigan branch of the NAACP are also co-sponsoring the event.  

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu