Demonstrators at Grand Army Plaza celebrate Juneteenth with a motorcade

Juneteenth celebrations are happening all across the city Friday to commemorate the anniversary of a historic milestone in ending slavery in the United States.

News 12 Staff

Jun 19, 2020, 8:17 PM

Updated 1,429 days ago

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Juneteenth celebrations are happening all across the city Friday to commemorate the anniversary of a historic milestone in ending slavery in the United States.
Demonstrators at Grand Army Plaza were seen making a lot of noise in their own unique style at Grand Army Plaza. 
Kawinton Tomlinson was one of the many faces who participated in the celebration and he says he’s using his voice to promote the historic day. 
“It's very important that people my age, keep doing this and pushing the agenda,” says Tomlinson. “The message is clear, it's 155 years we are talking about. After 155 years, we should be telling America that we matter.”
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In a grand fashion, cars lined up along Flatbush Avenue to send a message across the city. 
The celebration also drew the voices of powerful local leaders, beginning at Grand Army Plaza and heading toward Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem. 
Grand Marshal Kyle Bragg says they're celebrating their history, but looking toward a brighter future. 
“It's a movement, it's about equity and justice and that means the final ending of structural racism in this country,” said Bragg.


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