Juneteenth celebration filled with music, awards and food in Potsdam
POTSDAM -- The second annual Potsdam community-wide Juneteenth Celebration was held Saturday at the Ives Park Gazebo, two days after President Biden signed a bill into law to make Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday June 19.
“The Juneteenth Celebration Organizing Committee organized the family-friendly event to celebrate the culture of African-Americans and provide a space for Black voices to be honored,” said member Sherry Long.
“Juneteenth is Freedom Day for African-Americans, a celebration to mark the day when the last remaining American slaves learned they were finally free from bondage,” Long said.
The event includes heritage-rich foods, entertainment, speeches, awards, music, and a fashion show.
Former Crane music student Allison Andre performed songs as a tribute to the late Dr. Lonel Woods, a SUNY Potsdam Crane professor.
Dr. John Youngblood, a SUNY Potsdam professor and a founder of Potsdam’s Black Lives Matter marches, was honored with the Juneteenth Community Activist Award.