The city of Grand Rapids and theJustice 4 All LLCapparel company will co-host the second annual Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.
On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free. The day became a day of celebration of emancipation in the area.
A century and a half later, people across the entire country continue to celebrate the day, which is now a federal holiday. You can celebrate in West Michigan this coming Sunday as Justice4All presents their second annual Juneteenth Jam.