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Law enforcement, community comes together for Juneteenth Strength in Unity March

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 18:09:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As Juneteenth celebrations take place all around the country, Tallahassee is no different.

Groups will gather at the Capitol to walk in the Strength in Unity March.

The name speaks for itself. Organizers say this is about bringing everyone together to address issues in the community.

What makes this so significant is that members of local law enforcement will speak at the event.

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil is set to share with the crowd as the key note speaker.

There will be performances from local artists and moments of reflection before the march starts.

The program will also honor the lives of the 49 Pulse night club victims who were killed, the anniversary of that tragedy just last week.

Christic Henry, one of the hosts says this is about healing and mending relationships between the people and law enforcement.

"The night will end with steps on how people can engage in their neighborhoods and with law enforcement to make some improvement," said Henry.

The first eight minutes and 46 seconds of the walk marchers will be silent to honor the memory of George Floyd.

The Unity walk starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Juneteenth celebration in Cascades Park goes until 10 p.m.