An event is scheduled in two weeks that commemorates two historic events – one which celebrates the end of slavery in America and the other a movement involving hundreds in Grenada County.
On Saturday, June 19, Activist With a Purpose, a Grenada-area organization, will host Juneteenth, an event celebrating freedom. The event will coincide with the 1966 Grenada County Freedom Movement which celebrates its 55th anniversary.
Jeremy Pittman, Activist With a Purpose board member, said the events will take place on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Street in a daylong celebration.
“We simply recognize that it’s important to celebrate Juneteenth,” Pittman said. “It helps us stay connected to our past whether it’s a cheerful past or unhappy past.”
The 1966 Grenada Freedom Movement Committee is also hosting a commemoration event in remembrance of the 1966 James Meredith March Against Fear which sparked the local Grenada Freedom Movement during the same event.
Pittman said the day will begin with a march from Cooper Park (Stave Mill) to South Street, the same route taken 55 years ago. That event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon and will include vendors, food and a series of guest speakers.
Later, the organizations will host a block party from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. that will include a live band.
“This is going to be a different type of Juneteenth than we’ve done in the past,” Pittman concluded. “We’re inviting the public to come out and take part in the great event.”
For more information on this event, contact (662) 809-0113 or (662) 230-1431.