Jun 16, 2024
Leaders throughout the Wasco community host their third annual Juneteenth event Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and History. Celebrating freedom together. The Wasco community gathers at Barker Park to celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth takes place on June 19.BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT:Marcus Ballard, a local teacher and pastor, is one of the leaders that launched Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and History in Wasco.Part of the celebration is remembering where we came from, said Ballard.The event brought families, friends, and strangers together through song, dance, and food.Its Juneteenth, were out here celebrating the season, letting everybody know that were united and together, said Darren Lewis, one of the vendors.He says that Juneteenth is a celebration, its also dedicated to education and reflecting on history.As an educator, I want students to know, hey, dont forget where we came from, said Ballard. Yes, we are here in 2024, we are free, but yet that came at a price. And in 1865, we were glad to see the freedom of many slaves in this country.Lewis tells me this event does just that for his kids.I want them to know whats going on with the holiday, so everybody can know we can do this together, said Lewis.Although Juneteenth takes place on June 19, the community was eager to get a head start.Its good for Wasco in general to see most people coming out and enjoying food, family, and friends, said Erin Herring, another vendor at the event.This is for everyone, no matter if youre black, white, hispanic, it doesnt matter, said Ballard. Come out and just enjoy this day of food, fun, and freedom.Stay in Touch with Us Anytime, Anywhere: Download Our Free App for Apple and Android Sign Up for Our Daily E-mail Newsletter Like Us on Facebook Follow Us on Instagram Subscribe to Us on YouTube
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