Week-long celebration culminates with first Heritage Breakfast on June 17 – Salisbury Post

The week-long celebrations culminate with the first Heritage Breakfast on June 19.

Published at 12:10 a.m. on Thursday June 20, 2024

SALISBURY — A week of Juneteenth celebrations culminated with the first-ever Juneteenth Heritage Breakfast themed “Breaking All Chains: Making Equality a Priority.”

The crowd gathered June 19 at Hall Gym on West Bank Street for a praise-filled service with Marcus McCombs Jr. serving as emcee.

“I’m so excited,” McCombs said as he welcomed everyone to the event. He told the crowd how much he loved singing and loved the church, and so led the group in a song of praise before beginning the program.

Linda Black, who chaired Juneteenth, said being chair of that first-ever event meant a lot.

Plus, she said, “it meant a lot to have a crowd come out this morning for our first.”

The hope is that the celebration will continue next year and be the second annual, she said.

A moment of worship continued as the Community Mass Choir sang three pieces throughout the morning, each time bringing the crowd to their feet.

A poem about brotherhood was shared by Rev. Dierdre R. Parker, pastor of Terrells Chapel AME Zion Church and founder of Diava2De Ministries, LLC.

Her passion, according to the website, is “helping others, especially women, find their voice and therefore their personal power,” and she founded the ministry because, she says, “someone does this for her.”

After breakfast, Triple Threat Dance and Charm student Jaiylah Feaster performed a samba for the crowd.

Feaster, who has been dancing for 10 years, said she thought it was important to be there so she could “show what I can do and it might inspire others.”

Rev. Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP, was the guest speaker for this special event. As she took the podium, she expressed her thanks for the invitation to attend and speak.

She began by telling the audience that “we are on the front lines in the battle for justice” and then talked about Juneteenth and said she hoped “when you leave, you will be excited.”

During his presentation, Mack shared the history of Juneteenth, noting that the day, which celebrates the news of the emancipation and freedom of enslaved black people in Texas in Galveston, 1865, became a national holiday it only three years ago in 2021.

It was on December 4, 1865 that Mack declared that North Carolina had ratified the Emancipation Proclamation and then added that there were three areas, California, Oregon and Washington, which had never authorized slavery.

She reminded them that the struggle does not stop with emancipation.

She encouraged the group to remember and reflect on several things, including how slavery ended, rejecting hatred and incitement, celebrating their ancestors and educating their children.

Shantay Redd and David Miller were among those at the event and when asked what they hoped to take with them, Miller responded, “acquaintance” to which Redd agreed.

McCombs thanked Mack for his powerful message before introducing Gemale Black, president of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP, who delivered some closing remarks. He took this opportunity to thank all the volunteers for their work during the week and during this event and recognized the elected officials of the neighborhood and also thanked them.

When asked about the event and what it meant to him to be able to host it for the community, Gemale said: “We are really grateful to have this event, to have this first heritage breakfast and hope that we can continue and make it unforgettable. annual thing. He also expressed his gratitude to the community and the partnership during the week.

“We are happy, we are grateful, we had a great turnout, we had an extraordinary speaker. So we are very happy,” he said.

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