CHICAGO (CBS) – As the very first federally recognized Juneteenth kicks off in Chicago, there’s no shortage of events.
One of the biggest celebrations will take place at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The subject of the event has traveled the world to tell the story and spark conversation through sculpture, but there are many ways to get involved in the Juneteenth celebrations.
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Homewood Flossmoor High School has a festival in its parking lot. This will be the first-ever June 15th celebration in the South Side suburb. Nearly 2,000 people were registered on Saturday morning.
In Hyde Park, an artist has come a long way to show his sculpture. It is designed as a “daring counterpart” to the more than 1,500 Confederate monuments still on display in public spaces.
A Ghanaian artist will show his work, hoping to inspire dialogue on progress and continue to seek equal rights for African Americans.
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“People can determine what this piece, what this monument says to America and the rest of the world,” artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo said. “We have seen people use and interact with it to express hope, sorrow, pain and resilience.
There will also be a walk to Daley Plaza. The organizer, along with other young people, celebrate the announcement of the holidays but also say that more work needs to be done.
“The symbolism of Juneteenth is cool, it’s true, but we need some repairs,” Kofi Ademola said with GoodKids MadCity. “We need the GoodKids MadCity peace book ordinance passed, which will drive peace and raise money in communities. And to have restorative justice. ‘
“Let’s not just talk about empty symbolism. Let’s also say it was a small step, ”said Dorothy Levell, editor of The Crusader. “They’ve been fighting for this for a long time, so let’s celebrate it for them. But I am with the young people. I had to see more.
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Juneteenth’s march and rally ends at Daley Plaza around 11 Sunday.