Clarkston, GA — On June 26, the city of Clarkston held its Juneteenth celebration a week late after rain caused the city to cancel the original June 19 date.
The delayed celebration was held at Milam Park and featured African dance and drumming, spoken word and song, vendors and food.
Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks said, “Last week our ancestors were crying tears of joy. We decided to reschedule to today (June 26) because it’s very important that we recognize Juneteenth because in Clarkston we have a population of over 59 percent African American descent. We are coming to remember the point that it took two years on June 19, 1865 for slaves in Texas to find out that they were free, but we still have to remember that freedom isn’t free, that it’s a constant struggle for us to make sure that we empower everyone and everyone in our community.
“So today is an awakening, a reminder of who Clarkston is. Clarkston is the most diverse city per square mile in the United States and it is home to refugees, immigrants, Blacks whites, Asians and all in between. All continents are represented here in Clarkston. What we also want to recognize is the importance of our community and the importance of our African American community and that we continue to recognize and talk about the accomplishments of what we do.”
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