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Celebrities and lawmakers to hitch Juneteenth festivities in D.C.

Celebrities, athletes, and lawmakers are set to hitch in a collection of occasions honoring the Juneteenth nationwide vacation in Washington, D.C. 

In a information launch, the nonprofit group Juneteenth Basis introduced its second annual Freedom Pageant, a weekend-long celebration of the newly established nationwide vacation hosted within the D.C. space and live-streamed on-line.

The four-day occasion will kick off on Thursday with the Juneteenth Honors awards ceremony highlighting Black excellence and the achievements throughout the Black group. 

The listing of honorees on the Juneteenth Honors consists of Vista Fairness Companions CEO Robert Smith, “Energy’ actor and activist Omari Hardwick, rapper Doug E. Contemporary, and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. 

The award present may even hand out a $20,000 school scholarships to college students attending traditionally black faculties and universities (HBCUs). 

In an interview with The Hill, Freedom Pageant organizer Laquan Austion stated he hopes the four-day occasion within the nation’s capital can assist all of America have fun what he referred to as “the nation’s second independence day.” 

“You recognize, we regularly say that Juneteenth isn’t a black vacation, American vacation. It’s not only for Black of us, however it’s an American vacation and I feel that’s clear for what it’s for,” Austion advised The Hill. 

“So for us this Juneteenth is extremely necessary, it’s particular, and I’m enthusiastic about this yr, specifically, being you recognize, the primary yr is a federal vacation, and ensuring that folks from all walks of life, all components of the nation are capable of have fun…the nation’s second independence day.” 

Others anticipated to seem at this weekend’s festivities are rappers T.I., Rick Ross, Huge Sean, musicians Maxwell and Keri Hilson, former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, entertainer Terrence J., and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).

A yr in the past, President Biden signed the Juneteenth Nationwide Independence Day Act into legislation, establishing Juneteenth as a federal vacation throughout the nation. 

Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee or Emancipation, marked the emancipation of the final African People to be free of slavery within the U.S. 

Producer Pharrell Williams’s music pageant, One thing within the Water, will additionally happen in D.C through the Juneteenth weekend.

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