Juneteenth celebrations in Detroit invigorate push for social justice

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Posted at 6:42 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 23:17:09-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A hot, sunny day in downtown welcomed crowds of people, coming together to celebrate Juneteenth where they pointed to progress and acknowledged there is still much work to be done for equality and opportunity for African Americans.

"We are also going to register to vote," said Charity Dean, Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity for the City of Detroit. "We have the NAACP here so you can register to vote. This is how we act."

Some of the work of renowned artist Hubert Massey was also finalized with his signature on Woodward Avenue where 20 students from Detroit public schools helped paint his bold vision of "Power To The People" in large white letters.

The "o" in power was painted in red by Massey himself with the symbol of a fist.

"He put his final touch on it representing empowerment," said Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit, who spoke to the crowd about the power in people to end racism. "We all have the power to make a change."