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Ann Okwuwolu’s Sixth Annual Juneteenth Celebration Will Offer Entertainment, History, Resources in Othello Park Saturday

by Chamidae Ford

It Takes A Village — AMSA Edition, a local nonprofit, will host its sixth annual in-person Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19, at Othello Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ann Okwuwolu, the creator of the festival, is a former medical technician who was inspired to start the celebration in 2015 when she recognized the lack of Black representation in New Holly Community events. 

“Everything was geared towards other people. And so we didn’t have any visibility,” Okwuwolu said. 

She decided to take the issue into her own hands and start an event to celebrate Juneteenth. In her initial organizing, she soon began to see how little people knew about the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. and is not often studied in schools. 

“White Americans want to tell you the story.

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