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Cleveland NAACP to host 'Juneteenth Freedom Walk'

The event is a collaboration with the Buckeye Summer Souls Series and Neighbor UP

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland division of the NAACP is ringing in Juneteenth with a massive celebration this Saturday. 

The events will kick off at 11 a.m. with a 'freedom walk' starting at Benedictine High School (2900 MLK Jr. Blvd), and will conclude at the Art & Soul Park (11802 Buckeye Rd). The day is not over there, however, as the event will also include voter registration, 2020 Census completion, free food, as well as arts & crafts. 

"Juneteenth couldn’t be more timely this year," lead organizer Julian Khan said. "This celebration of our arts, history, ingenuity, and collective resiliency is certain to instill hope and the spirit of possibility as we continue our fight for freedom."

While the Emancipation Proclamation set slaves free within the Confederacy in 1863, it was not until June 19, 1865 that slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom.

Organizers of the event would like to remind individuals that precautions for COVID-19 will still be in place, and all participants must wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

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