Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-06-20 15:07:27 –
Colorado Springs — Saturday marked the second day of the Colorado Springs Juneteenth Festival. This is an event that aims to bring together some of the events that have happened over the last few years.
The festival organizers said they wanted the festival to begin a wonderful tradition intended to celebrate the end of something terrible.
“We wanted to get back what we had when we were growing up,” said Organizer / OneBodyEnt. Representative Deandre Smith said. “Two years after Abraham Lincoln released the slaves, Texas slaves realized they were free, so it took two years to find that they were actually free.”
“I just imagine the slaves of my ancestors on the ship for days,” said attendee Jemel Salzul Juppa. “That’s why I’m here and why I’m alive. It means freedom and peace.”
The festival offers history lessons, some of which were never taught.
“I attended a historic black college, and believe it or not, I’ve never heard of it,” said Zarzr-Juppah. “I didn’t know about it until three years ago.”
But Jemel, an immigrant from Liberia, makes sure her daughter knows what the day means.
“I want to take her to every celebration and make sure I teach her everything about it all year round,” Zarzr-Juppah said.
The Juneteenth celebration is nothing new to Colorado Springs.
“In the last few years, so many people have been doing Juneteenth, so there was one at Hillside and one at Colorado College,” Smith says.
But this year, people gathered at one joint celebration where the organizers wanted to facilitate the conversation.
“It’s easier to be more considerate of others,” Smith said. “Even if you look at them and know them well, you are more considerate of someone you know. In order for the community to come together, they need something to get together.”
Together, Deandre wants a community that includes everyone.
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