Clarkston, GA — The city of Clarkston held its second annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18. Parts of Market Street and Vaughan Street were blocked off to accommodate vendors, food trucks, community service organizations, a bounce house, and a stage. Performances included Manga Dancers, an African style drum and dance troupe who offered an impromptu dance lesson to the audience, Word of Mouth Stories, and musician Makeda Nichelle.
Mayor Beverly Burks connected the history of Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom to the present-day community of Clarkston and her own position as a woman of color in government.
She also spoke of the spirit of the holiday as reflected in the vendors and organizations present.
“Juneteenth is a celebration of togetherness, to ensure empowerment and social justice for our residents,” said Burks.
City council member Debra Johnson, who chaired the Juneteenth planning committee, said that the city offered free spaces for local small businesses as well as to community organizations such as the NAACP and Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Community Organized Relief Effort was at the event, offering vaccines and gift cards in coordination with the DeKalb Department of Public Health.
City employees will receive a day off on Monday, June 20, when city offices will be closed.
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