Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony
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Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

Jan 14, 2024

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City Hall93 Highland AveSomerville, MA 02143United States

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) today invite the Somerville community to attend the City's Juneteenth flag-raising event from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Somerville City Hall concourse on Monday, June 12, 2023.

"The Juneteenth flag is a powerful symbol of equality, justice, and the enduring spirit of freedom. It is an honor to join the Somerville community to fly it proudly above City Hall," said Mayor Ballantyne. "It serves to remind all of us of our shared responsibility to confront the legacy of slavery and continue the work of building a more inclusive and equitable society."

U.S. Army Veteran Kevin Dickinson will conduct the flag-raising ceremony with live speeches and performances from North Shore Juneteenth Association representatives, including Ogor Winnie Okoye, Andre Bennett, Eva Davenport, and Michelle La Poetica Richardson.

"I look forward to sharing this meaningful day with the Somerville community to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on this day in 1865," said RSJ Director Denise Molina Capers. "But this is not only a celebration – it's an important reminder of the hardship that brought us to this point and an opportunity to recommit ourselves fully to pursuing and progressing opportunity, access, and equity to all."

Black-owned and Somerville-based Tipping Cow Ice Cream will provide ice cream during the flag-raising ceremony. The Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice is also sponsoring 50 tickets to an upcoming exhibit at the Somerville Museum:

Tickets valid for admission to the "Above and Beyond" exhibit will be available at the flag-raising ceremony and after the event, while supplies last, by emailing RSJ Community Engagement Specialist Leonor Galindo at [email protected].

The flag-raising will also be recorded and made available for later viewing by the City's GovTV team. Watch on-demand with optional closed-captioning (select the CC icon) on YouTube.com/SomervilleCityTV. Or watch on cable TV at GovTV Comcast Ch. 22 and GovTV Astound (RCN) Ch. 13 & 613. Videos generally post within one to two business days of recording. Live ASL Interpretation will be provided at the event.

If applicable, any related agendas, minutes, audio/video recordings, and other materials will appear here.


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