City of Detroit holding weeklong Juneteenth celebration with conversations on culture

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Posted at 9:53 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 09:53:14-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The City of Detroit will be holding a week-long celebration for Juneteenth beginning Monday with events scheduled to promote Black culture, education and with hopes to drive change.

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The city will be hosting conversations every day on their Facebook page.

“Juneteenth is about more than a celebration of the day many African Americans first learned of the end of slavery; it’s an opportunity to start a needed dialogue to increase understanding and drive real change,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a release. “Throughout our nations’ history, laws and discriminatory policies were put in place and have done untold harm to people of color over generations. This year’s Juneteenth celebration comes at the right time for all of us to reflect and be reminded of the change that still needs to take place.”

All conversations will be live-streamed from the City of Detroit’s Facebook page and include Detroit’s subject experts. The schedule is as followed:

Monday, June 15th, 6PM – Juneteenth Kickoff Event – A curated discussion with Detroit Historian Jamon Jordan and City of Detroit Director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity, Charity Dean

Tuesday, June 16th, 6PM – Black Mental Health Matters – Staying sane during two pandemics, COVID-19 and Racism, Q&A with Licensed Therapist Charnell Dortch

Tuesday, June 16th, 7:30PM – Get fit with a live workout with certified fitness instructor Dr. Fitt Britt

Wednesday, June 17th, 6PM - Black Education Matters – A conversation on the importance of education and equity in the black community, Kristen Howard, DPSCD, Jennifer Smith, Closing The Gap Detroit, Erik Dean, Dean of Students at Cornerstone’s Washington-Parks Academy

Wednesday, June 17th, 7:30PM - Growing the Black Dollar – Building generational wealth in the Black community, Wardell Littles, Financial Advisor, Ty Thorpe, Financial Advisor, Shannon Smith, Banker, Portia Powell, Banker

Thursday, June 18th, 6PM – Criminal Justice Reform – Fixing a broken system, Nicole Huddleston, Detroit Justice Center, Boyd White, Attorney, Richard Mack, Attorney

Thursday June 18th, 7:30PM- Black Business Matters- Charles Nolan, Owner of Cutters Bar & Grill and Regina Gaines, Owner of House Pur Vin, facilitated by James Feagin, Places +PEOPLE

Friday, June 19th, 10 am - Juneteenth Freedom Rally and Street Art Unveiling at Spirit Plaza

Friday, June 19th, 2pm - Special video presentation

Juneteenth is a celebration held every year on June 19 commemorating the freedom of slaves in Texas. Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders freeing slaves in Galveston, Texas.