Mankato’s Juneteenth Observance Features June 20 Freedom March

Kenneth Reid Among Featured Speakers

Kenneth Reid, director of African American Affairs at Minnesota State Mankato, will be among featured speakers following a Saturday, June 20, peace march in observance of Juneteenth in Mankato.

Normally observed nationally on June 19, the Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration marking the 1865 end of slavery in the U.S.

Saturday’s 3 p.m. program begins with a peaceful Freedom March of solidarity from the Veteran’s Bridge in Mankato to the city’s Intergovernmental Center. Participants are asked to practice social distancing as best they can during the event.

Reid will be among guest speakers that also include Destiny Owens, owner of B.E.A.M (Black Excellence Around Minnesota providing Racial and Cultural Diversity training for businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals; and Maurice Staley, pastor with House of Worship in Mankato and acting president of the new Mankato Chapter of NAACP Mankato Chapter.

Mankato’s Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration is hosted by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council and the Minnesota Hip Hop Coalition.


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