YWCA Tri-County Observes Juneteenth Twice Saturday

POTTSTOWN PA – The just-declared Juneteenth federal holiday, a celebration of the official end of slavery on June 19, 1865, will be observed twice Saturday (June 19, 2021) by officials and members of the YWCA Tri-County Area.

They will join other community groups during a Juneteenth observance from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park on West King Street. Then the YWCA also will sponsor the Montgomery County Chapter PA Democratic Black Caucus Juneteenth Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Black Lives Matter Mural outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in the 400 block of Swede Street in downtown Norristown.

The Juneteenth holiday is intended to serve as a symbol of freedom from slave trade across the United States. Congressional advocates said it will provide an opportunity to reflect on what progress is still needed, as well as celebrate Black joy and community.

“I hope the creation of the federal holiday marking Juneteenth will begin a national, truthful discussion about slavery and its aftermath that will lead to the reconciliation that is racial equity,” YWCA Tri-County Area CEO Stacey Woodland said Thursday (June 17.)

“While progress has been made since the abolition of slavery, there is still considerable work needed for achieving complete equity for Black and African Americans. Without openly acknowledging our country’s history and the ripple effects it has had into the present, we will never eliminate the racist barriers to safety, economic advancement, and health,” she added.

YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, girls, and families annually through early childhood education, youth empowerment programming, adult education, and its Foster Grandparents Program.

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