COVID-19 Justice

Juneteenth events will be online and in-person

Given added poignancy following the death of George Floyd, this year's Juneteenth celebration will be held in several different ways.

Slowed by the coronavirus, but boosted by weeks of protests against racism, today’s Juneteenth celebrations will be unique.

Many events will be held virtually to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but some activities will happen live.

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Two activities will involve the creation of murals downtown.

Artist Gerald King will lead artists in painting a Black Lives Matter mural on Rose Street next to the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Meanwhile, in the Vine neighborhood, artist Maya James will produce a mural depicting 72 people who were victims of police brutality.

Online, pianist Rufus Ferguson will livestream a performance of his jazz trio from the Wellspring Theater in an event sponsored by the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

You can read a full review of Juneteenth events at Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave.

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