Potsdam unifies in recognition of Juneteenth holiday

Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 6:04 PM EDT
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POTSDAM, New York (WWNY) - Potsdam put on Juneteenth celebrations Saturday.

It was the second annual celebration the area has put on.

Dozens gathered at Ives Park for a day of Black joy, Black history, and Black culture.

Awards were given to Dr. John Youngblood and the late Dr. Lonel Woods, both of SUNY Potsdam, for their contributions towards improving diversity, education, and inclusion in the area.

Black Lives Matter of Potsdam founder, Jennifer Braxtron, was also presented with the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award from Clarkson University.

There were fashion shows, soul food, music, art and more.

Co-chair of the media and outreach division of the Potsdam Juneteenth Committee, Sherry Long, says, “We believe that if folks can learn what Juneteenth means, and truly understand it, it will improve our country and improve the north country region.”

Organizers say they hope to continue educating and unifying the area for many Juneteenth celebrations to come.

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