Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-18 22:53:54 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — As Juneteenth holidays become more and more recognized, one Lexington leader states that he is showing the continued impact of protests against racial justice last summer. I will.
Celebration has already begun on Friday in Lexington, including an open mic night at Alfalfa Restaurant.
“Juneteenth is the time to get together, celebrate, enjoy food, increase each other’s presence and inspire each other in our community,” said comedian Debra Folk, who hosted the open mic night. ..
Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 day when Texas enslaved people first learned of their freedom. On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a law that makes Juneteenth a national holiday.
Devine Carama, hip-hop artist and director of One Lexington, said:
Awareness has extended to the University of Kentucky, with June 16th being an academic holiday.
A Facebook post on the Lexington Community Action Council page describes the board of directors of an organization that decided to stay on vacation a few months ago.
“It’s just a wonderful feeling, which shows that our country is moving forward,” Karama said.
But even with growing awareness, we also understand that the law raises concerns that this is not an effort to improve racial inequality, but merely a symbolic step.
“I agree. It’s very symbolic in nature, but I think the symbol can be very powerful, especially for our youth and children,” Karama said.
There is still a long way to go, but recognizing the importance of Juneteenth is a step forward.