“This is a big deal.”
Those were the words of Fulton City Administrator Renee Taylor at the city’s first June 19 celebration on Saturday.
Last year, Juneteenth became the country’s newest federally recognized holiday. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas.
Juneteenth was first celebrated the following year in Texas and has spread across the country ever since.
Fulton’s June 19 observance was organized by the Commission on Human Rights. About 175 people moved.
“I actually started crying because it’s such a big deal,” Taylor said. “It’s a really big problem. I am very proud to be part of a community that recognizes our people.
She said it was important for the community to continue supporting the June 19 festivities as they grow and become a significant event in the region.
In addition to local vendors and activities, the June 19 celebration, held at Legend’s Rec-Plex, also included a presentation from former District 20 Representative Gracia Backer and retired Fulton physician, The Dr Thomas Cooper.
Backer said she was having a hard time organizing her thoughts for the event because there she had so many avenues to cover.
Ultimately, both of their posts focused on treating others with compassion and love.
“Until we as citizens, us as friends, neighbors, relatives, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, people of all nations, regardless of their political parties, religious organizations, north-southeast or west region of this land, the people that we don’t have ‘I don’t even know,” Backer said. “Until we start to understand instead of misunderstand, to us unite instead of divide, take responsibility instead of blame, respect instead of hate, speak up instead of fight, trust instead of being cynical, recognize truth instead of accepting lies as more and become friends instead of enemies. Until we do that, there will be no peace.
She encouraged everyone to take the time to understand another person’s culture and find commonalities instead of division.
“The most important thing, in my opinion, is to understand and understand the hatred that we have seen in our country,” she said. ” I have difficulties to understand. You have to take the time to analyze and understand why. What can I do to fix it? What can you do to fix it? »
Cooper said the most important thing about friendship is knowing the song in a person’s heart.
“I love you,” he said. “I don’t care if you don’t love me. I love you because you are you. I love you because you are my friend.