BROOKLINE – The Town of Brookline and its community partners invite the public to attend the Annual Juneteenth Celebration scheduled for this weekend.
Community leaders from the Brookline POC Committee, BBYBM (Brookline Black Yellow Brown Men) and BDC (Brookline Diversity Club) have partnered with the Brookline Community Foundation and the Town to organize this free event. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those enslaved in Confederate states.
Residents are invited to the Florida Ruffin Ridley School, 345 Harvard St., on Saturday, June 19, for a Freedom March that will step off at 10 a.m. Earlier this year the school was renamed for Ridley, one of the first Black teachers in Massachusetts and a prominent Black activist and writer who supported women’s suffrage and the anti-lynching movement.
The March will proceed to Brookline Avenue, and end at Brookline Avenue Park about 11 a.m.
The Celebration will include music, dancing, and children’s games. Food will be available until 8 p.m.
Updates about the event may be found on the Celebration’s Facebook page.
While the Celebration is free, community partners are seeking donations to underwrite the local Black artists and businesses who are supporting the event. Contributions may be made through PayPal Pool to Brookline’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration.