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Juneteeth commemorates the June 19th 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of enslaved black people throughout America. Every year Ithaca’s Southside Community Center holds a festival to celebrate Juneteenth, and this year the festival will be held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt spoke with Nia Nunn and Richard Onyejuruwa, Board of Directors President and Vice President of Southside Community Center, respectively, about the event.

To learn more about Southside Community Center’s virtual Juneteenth event taking place June 13th from 12pm to 6pm, visit sspride.org.