Celebrating history: Capital City celebrates Juneteenth

Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Juneteenth, celebrated years before it became a federal holiday, is now official and brings a sense of togetherness. People all over our region and here in Tallahassee celebrated Juneteenth with special events and even grand-openings Saturday.

Those celebrating said the day brings a sense of unity and pride to black people all over the world.

“Juneteenth to me, I would say it just means freedom and unity, you know. It’s just simple, you know,” said Isaiah Joseph, who was visiting the city.

People like Joseph decided to celebrate at Cascades Park for the inaugural Juneteenth Empowerment Day, hoping to celebrate black excellence.

“It’s actually been 101 years since Black Wall Street, and we definitely want to commemorate Black Wall Street by having the black entrepreneurs and giving them away in an outlet to actually stimulate the community as well,” said Capital City Cultural Community Outreach CEO Alfred Williams.

Some black business owners used Saturday’s holiday to boost their grand openings.

“It means a lot to me because for one I’m a black on business owner, and for it to finally become a real holiday, so it’s amazing for my grand opening and re-opening to be on that day,” said owner of CC’s Tastebox, CeCe Bennett.

It creates a sense of pride in the community and gives the youth something to look up to.

The now-national holiday highlighting those inspired by the resilience of the people who came before.

“There’s so much more to being black,” said Captial City Cultural Community Outreach PR Specialist Shavez Love. “You can literally be anything you want to be and the people out here definitely or a spitting image in our focal point of that.”

Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, the CEOs of the Juneteenth Empowerment Day said they hope to make it an annual event.

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