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Juneteenth celebrations, marches in Tallahassee commemorate 155 since emancipation

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 23:28:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's been 155 years since slaves in the United States were emancipated.

People marked the occasion with events honoring Black culture and businesses along with discussing the issues plaguing African American communities.

Many people gathered to heal relationships with law enforcement in the wake of tension across the country.

It's the sound of a culture liberated from slavery over 150 years ago.

Fast forward to 2020, Juneteenth is celebrated on a different level with people coming together in unity.

"Give people grace as they navigate through this journey and, most of all, love each other," said Shanquell Dixon, a student at Florida State University's School of Medicine.

The Strength for Unity and Justice March bringing Medical professionals and leaders of law enforcement together as they called for change.

"If we're going to solve the problems in our community it cant be the police the fire, it cant be the medical professionals by themselves, it cant be simply the citizens from the southside or the northside," said Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeill. "It's got to be everybody together."

Those in attendance marched as officers walked along side them.

The Juneteenth Peaceful Demonstration was an all day event that also remembered the life of Oluwatoyin Salau.

"This world will teach you so much, but it's up to you to indulge in the past and learn everything about your history," said Micah Mitchell, the president of the Student Government Association at TCC.

Tallahassee Community College put on a program encouraging others to educate themselves on the meaning of the day.