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Honoring Juneteenth

Honoring Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a celebration of enormous signification and an opportunity for people in our community that is not Black to stop talking, absorb, and listen.

  • Anne Goodstein

  • June 12, 2023

VIA Collective Inc strongly believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to our mission and values. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued.

Yet, today we are reminded that Black Americans are still struggling, and we are accountable to them. 

Juneteenth is a day to deeply consider the impact of racism on the hearts of every Black American, the racism that makes the news AND the micro-aggressions that are experienced daily.  It is a day to also celebrate the many contributions of Black Americans and to honor their fight in democracy for us all.

It is VIA Collective inc’s responsibility to create opportunities for Black voices to be heard, and to do what is in our power to advance equity.

Today we celebrate local Black women owned businesses that are working towards justice and liberation: A Better Glynn, NAACP Brunswick, Rise Risley, The Brunswick African-American Cultural Center. 

Today is a day for us to learn, read, and study Black culture, a culture that should be taught, valued, honored, and shared as much as the White culture. 

In support of these organizations and their work in liberation, we encourage you to donate to them.

Here are local events we can respectfully attend:

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival, Historic Selden Park, June 17th, 12-4pm

Sapelo Island Juneteenth, Sapelo Island Community Center, 10am-2pm

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival, Historic Selden Park, June 17th, 12-4pm

The 1st Annual Juneteenth Parade, starting at Lanier Blvd, ends at Mary Ross Park, June 19th, 10am

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Columbus Square, Darien, June 19th, 11:30am-till

If you know of any other organizations or event we have missed, please let us know, we will update this page and we will share.

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