SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Scranton non-profit group held its second annual Juneteenth celebration on Friday.
The Black Scranton Project was founded in 2019. This is their second year celebrating Juneteenth at Nay Aug Park.
Organizers tell Eyewitness News Friday’s celebration emphasizes not only the freedom from slavery but also the fight against social injustice, especially in light of what has happened in the last few weeks.
The community from all backgrounds are invited to come together to celebrate, have joy as well as show solidarity and love for the black community.
People in attendance told Eyewitness News Scranton’s Black Lives Matter group has joined the movement across the country to help raise awareness of police violence and injustice.
Organizers say Friday’s event was a way to gather together in a fun, inviting way.
Glynis Johns founded Black Scranton Project as organized the event Friday evening. She says it’s great to see people by the hundreds out in solidarity with “black lives matter.”
“With the state of the United States right now and like the race relation, I think it’s really emphasizing joy and and light and I think we’re doing it right here in Scranton,” said Glynis Johns, Founder & CEO of the Black Scranton Project.
“As we see what is going on now I think that it is really important to remember that we’re out here and we should celebrate the things that we have overcome. And the progress that we are going to continue to make,” said Johns.
Attendees enjoyed music, free ice cream from Manning Farm Dairy and other vendors.
Organizers hope for the hundreds of people that showed up to the event take what they learned and put it back into the community.