Wayne, NE organization celebrates Juneteenth

Wayne, NE organization celebrates Juneteenth

WAYNE, Neb. (KTIV) – All across the country, Americas celebrated “Juneteenth”. That’s the federal holiday marking the day in 1865 when more than 200,000 enslaved African Americans in Confederate states were declared free. One organization in northeast Nebraska took time to celebrate the holiday, too.

In Wayne, the group “That Ain’t Right” hosted a free event marking “Juneteenth”. Taking place at Bressler Park, community members were invited to listen to a guest speaker, play games, and enjoy food. This is the fifth year the group has hosted the event. The chair of the organization says she’s glad the event can keep expanding and reaching new people.

“I am over the moon, I’m glad to keep going, sharing our history and what we’ve been through, and what we should be.” said Endia Casey Agoumba, chair of “That Ain’t Right.”

The group started the event to encourage people to support diversity and inclusion. Supporter Sherry Dorman says she’s glad to be a part of the group, and supports the message they share.

“We have a pretty divided, divisive environment that we’re living in this country right now. It’s up to all of us to make the change and to be the change that we want to see.” said Dorman.

To conclude the night, supporters made the 1,400 step walk to Freedom Park. That’s to commemorate the walk that Ms. Opal Lee, the “grandmother” of Juneteenth, made to advocate for the holiday.

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