Juneteenth Celebrations Kick Off In The Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, NC – Food, music, dancing and discussion as Juneteenth celebrations take on a greater meaning this year.

“It’s exciting,” said Elita Hill. She was taking in the drum circles and food while supporting the community.

The Juneteenth Festival Of The Carolinas in Plaza Midwood was filled with people eager to celebrate with friends and family.

“We are not all free until every single person and every single system frees us,” said Hill.

“It’s not just a Black holiday. It’s an American Holiday and I’m just very appreciative and honored that we have now come to a time where we all can appreciate that,” said Franco McGee, a Monroe City council member.

McGee initiated the conversation within the Monroe city council to officially recognize Juneteenth. He says awareness and education were his driving forces.

“I think more people will understand exactly why we’re celebrating it and why it’s important for everybody,” explained McGee.

And as the food, drink, community and unity continue throughout the weekend. McGee says this is only the beginning.

“There is more work to be done for racial equity and equality. so this is definitely a positive,” said McGee.