Inclusion is goal of Holland Juneteenth Festival

3:32 AM, Jun 16, 2012   |    comments
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HOLLAND (WZZM) -- Juneteenth is one of the country's longtime traditions. The festival is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. On Saturday June 16th Holland will hold its own celebration.

There will be activities for people of all ages, music and entertainment as well as other activities. This is the 12th year of the festival in Holland. Board member, Kim R. Harris says this year they have put an extra focus on engaging surrounding communities and people of all races in an effort to include more people.

"It is important that when we say inclusive and freedom in all mankind and that everyone needs to come out and celebrate the rich history of each individual culture in their community. That is what is called community," said Harris.

The Keynote speaker is Eric Foster of Diversity of Inclusion Counsel. Special guests include: Patricia Pulliam, President/Editor-in-chief of Grand Rapids Times and Hazel Lewis, Grand Rapids NAACP President.

Entertainment is provided by: Shirley King (B.B. King's daughter), Grand Rapids very own Gospel Artist Kenneth Henderson, Jazz trio Harvey McKnight, Grand Rapids very own Gospel Artist Julius Height, Day Break Band, Holland Gospel Artist Danielle Smith, Pastor Denise Grier Spoken Word, Flint Michigan Faatima Brandon & Swagg and much more.

It takes place Saturday, June 16th at Kollen Park in Holland from 1pm until 7pm. The event is free.

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