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Black Idahoans Celebrate Juneteenth with food, Dance, and Fellowship.

Black Idahoans Celebrate Juneteenth with food, Dance, and Fellowship. Celebrations were planned in Boise, Twin Falls, Lapwai, and Rexburg, as well as the rest of the Gem State.

At Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise, people gathered for the fourth annual “Family Function” Juneteenth event on Saturday. There were live performances, local vendors, food, and dance.

Black Idahoans Celebrate Juneteenth with food, Dance

Juneteenth Idaho and the Black Liberation Collective teamed up with local organizations and black-owned businesses like The Honey Pot CBD, 2C Yoga, Honey’s Holistics, Cut-N-Up, Amina’s African Sambusas, and many more for a weekend of celebrations.

Juneteenth is officially a state and federal holiday thanks to a statute approved last year. Last year, Juneteenth became a national holiday, but black communities have been celebrating it for years to remember the end of the Civil War.

According to the federal proclamation, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last slaves in Texas.

More than Boise celebrated Juneteenth this weekend. Both Twin Falls and Lapwai had holiday celebrations. Monday will also be a big day for students at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.

“Juneteenth is a time of great joy for black people all over the world.” “It’s just empowering to know that people who look like you and come from the same place as you do are all here in Idaho, even if we don’t see each other often,” said Prisca Hermene, a Boise resident from the Congo who volunteered and performed at the Boise event.

Throughout the party, organizers were constantly reminding people to stay hydrated, eat well, and keep in mind COVID-19.

Concerns after Patriot Front members were arrested in North Idaho

After Patriot Front members emerged in Coeur d’Alene on Pride Day, community leaders cited safety concerns for Juneteenth. A 911 caller alerted authorities to Patriot Front members gathering inside a U-Haul vehicle on June 11.

Nonprofit leaders at Boise Juneteenth discussed the situation.
“Frightening and triggering. Whitley Hawk, the co-founder of Inclusive Idaho, said, “You never assume that U-Haul truck contains individuals who despise me because I’m Black.” “Some believe racism doesn’t exist, yet others come to a state they don’t reside in to embrace it.”

Juneteenth leaders felt anguish, dread, and tragedy. Some thanked those who prevented the riot.

Shari Baber, president of the Boise Soul Food Festival, vice president of the Idaho Black Community Alliance, and board member of Brown Like Me, is proud of the person who called the police to prevent a tragedy.

“Am I unhappy such groups exist? Yes. I’d be more upset if they were all from Idaho. Most came from outside, which means they had to look outside our town for figures, Baber added.

Baber suggested stepping out of one’s comfort zone to make individuals of color feel safer.

“If every group photo you take looks like you, you have work to do.” Come to these events, support a Black business, or visit the Idaho Black Community Alliance website to find 85 Black businesses throughout Idaho.

Despite recent occurrences in North Idaho. So this year’s Juneteenth celebration shows Black citizens’ ability to strengthen their community.

Claire-Marie Owens organized Juneteenth after 12 years gone. She lived in Paris, New York, and Dallas before returning. She feels uncomfortable in Idaho; has she considered leaving? No. She is a Black Idahoan woman.

“My mom’s family is fifth-generation here.” From Idaho. Owens: “It’s where I love to be.”

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