Join us to March for Racial Justice on the Anniversary of the End of Slavery
June 15, 2017
On June 19th, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that enslaved Blacks were now free. Commemorating this moment, former slaves and their descendents created “Juneteenth,” the oldest known national holiday marking the end of Black slavery in the U.S. We still celebrate it to this day. To continue that tradition, I am thrilled to invite you to this year’s Juneteenth celebration in Lynn, observed on Saturday, June 17th from 1-4pm on the Lynn Commons.
Yet, celebrating Juneteenth is not only about remembering an event over a century ago. It is also about continuing the struggle for freedom and justice against racial oppression for which slaves and abolitionists fought so hard. That is why Black, Brown, and White leaders from across ECCO are joining together on June 19th for a march for racial justice, calling for criminal justice reform and protection of immigrant families.
When/Where: Monday, June 19th
5:00pm – Gather at Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adams Street Ext., Lynn, and march to Red Rock Park, or join us at…
6pm – Red Rock Park, Lynn Shore Drive at Prescott Rd. and march to First Church Swampscott, or join us at…
6:45pm – First Church in Swampscott, UCC, 40 Monument Ave., for a rally and celebration.
Nicole McClain, Member of ECCO’s Beloved Community Team and the Lynn Juneteenth Committee