Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-19 17:22:46 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) —The Juneteenth concept has been around for decades, but a way to celebrate it at the national level is still under development. So, in addition to information booths, speakers, and music, the Alliance for Progress in Tennessee couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the liberation than with a little artistic participation.
“We’re doing a rainbow swirl for the LGBTQIA community,” explained Megporard, an artist who uses spray paint. “I do a lot of swirls, they just help me calm down, just handle everything, just slow down, do you know?”
The artists and volunteers helped repaint the Black Lives Matter mural on Woodland Street, which was originally painted in October 2020 and stretches longer than the soccer field. Only a few days after the original painting was drawn, several cars did their best to hit the brakes on the mural and stain the paint.
“To be honest, I’m not surprised, but I’m really angry at what happened,” Polard said.
This event was to bring those words back to life. “There aren’t many things like this here, so I feel it’s really important for young children to see something like this and the city to show this kind of expression,” Polard said. .. ..
Monica Hardy, a TSU student, says Nashville needs to make sure that all of this is more than just lip service. “It’s nice to have a holiday, but we want more. This is the first step, and I feel like listening and seeing more, so I might take a step further. No, more as a human being, “Hardy said.
That’s why these volunteers promise to plan to keep both the murals and the holidays in the message long after they get home. “Many people think we’re just a race, but we’re more than a race, a culture,” Hardy said. “So we are getting the diversity of Nashville and trying to expand Nashville.”
Fifth + Broadway in Nashville celebrated June 16th, Saturday night in Fort Neglee.
Juneteenth is the day of June 19, 1865, when the last slave learned freedom in Galveston, Texas. For years it was just celebrated as a local holiday, but it has grown in popularity over the last few years. President Joe Biden signed a bill earlier this week to make Juneteenth the latest national holiday.
Nashville residents celebrate Juneteenth by repainting the BLM mural on Woodland St. Source link Nashville residents celebrate Juneteenth by repainting the BLM mural on Woodland St.