Juneteenth Freedom March and Celebration

2021-06-19 Hardly Raining

Juneteenth became a U.S. Federal holiday just last week, but Seattle has been holding an annual celebration since 1980. Seattle’s event was founded by the late activist and boutique owner Decharlene Williams, whose legacy this year’s march and celebration honored.

The march began at Williams’ business at 22nd Ave & E Madison St, paused at six Central District landmarks, and ended in a celebration at Jimi Hendrix Park—featuring live music, community speakers, a Black graduation ceremony, soul food, COVID-19 vaccinations, and Black-owned businesses.

The 2021 event was sponsored by King County Equity Now, who invited community members to “celebrate Black resistance, Black joy, and the struggle for Black liberation.”

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