Friday: Locals host Juneteenth educational event in Hays park

Margaret Allen

Juneteenth Jam, an educational event, will take place on Friday, June 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hays Municipal Park, just south of the Hays Aquatic Park.

The jam will feature speakers discussing the importance of the Texas Black June 19th, the 13th amendment, Black Wall Street, and personal accounts of battling discrimination and injustice.

This free public event is open to all ages. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A voter registration table will be set up, and volunteers will be available to assist with registration. Petitions and educational materials will also be available.

The organizers of the event request that individuals wear face masks and practice physical distancing to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

On facebook see The event is hosted by Anniston Weber, Jennifer Harmon, Anna Towns and Rebecca Stegman.

The organizers said the event will feature nine guest speakers talking about Juneteenth and also speaking about personal stories of discrimination and injustices they have experienced.

Speakers include: Angela Bates from Nicodemus, Danzel Major, Vanessa Dinkel, Charles Law, Ray Morris, Nick Eiden, NAACP’s Courtney Moye, Joshua Allen and Raeanna Peacock.

There will be a group of interpretive dancers from the Russell area performing. A voter registration table and petitions will be available as well.