South Park was packed Saturday with people celebrating Juneteenth, a holiday that honors Black history and liberation. This episode of Lawrence Times TV gives a glimpse into the celebration, which united people around community organizations, diverse food vendors, live music and poetry performances and more.
Bill and Alcenia Shepard stationed themselves under a tree’s shade to enjoy the lively Lawrence Juneteenth celebration. They agreed that the secret to being together for 52 years is giving one another some space when needed. They also agreed that celebrating Black liberation means everything to them.
The Lawrence High School drumline kept a steady beat as the Lawrence Juneteenth parade made its way down Massachusetts Street on Saturday morning.
Here’s a quick roundup of closures, city service changes and more for the Juneteenth holiday.
Celebration of Black liberation will be in full bloom next weekend as community members gather to honor Juneteenth in downtown Lawrence. Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray is set to perform at the event.
“It’s a celebration of freedom; of how far Black people have come,” said Janae Colter, of Lawrence, cradling her two-week-old daughter, Zya, at Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration.
The Lawrence, Kansas Juneteenth Organization will hold a big downtown parade and celebration on Saturday, and plenty of events are planned for Thursday through Sunday.
Playwright Rita Rials believes love can break the chains of bondage, and she’s taking that message to the stage at the Lied Center in a community celebration of Juneteenth.
Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday granted an uncommon ask for funding for a community event.
The Lawrence, KS Juneteenth Organization is offering cash prizes for winning essay submissions from 9th – 12th grade students on the topic of voting rights.
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