Statesville's Juneteenth: A Legacy of Unity

Last Updated 7/2/2024Posted in Discover Statesville - The Show

What if a small community event could grow into a cornerstone of town unity and cultural celebration? Join us as we uncover the history of Juneteenth in Statesville, North Carolina, with special guests Seifullahaj El-Amin and Tevin Carr. From the early 1990s beginnings sparked by the local Muslim community under the guidance of WD Muhammad, to the thriving festivities now hosted on West Broad Street, this episode delves into how a modest parade and celebration blossomed into a major annual event embraced by the entire town. Learn how the contributions of local businesses and the dedication of community groups like IMPACT have played a pivotal role in this transformation.

We'll also explore the deeper themes of unity and legacy that infuse the Juneteenth celebrations, emphasizing the ongoing journey from sharecropping to land ownership within the African-American community. Discover how efforts to involve younger generations are helping bridge gaps and ensure the future vibrancy of the event. Plus, get an insider's look at the various activities that make Juneteenth in Statesville unique, from art exhibitions to the powerful recitations of Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches. Be sure to listen until the end for a taste of what you can experience at Statesville's newest business 'Culture Shock'. Tune in for a rich tapestry of stories, history, and community spirit that highlight the dynamic evolution of Juneteenth in Statesville.

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Discover Statesville - The Show is co-hosted by Community Advocates, Richard Griggs and Cindy Sutton. This weekly show brings you the pulse of Statesville, recording live at various spots throughout Statesville, and in partnership with Sow Media Studios. Join Richard and Cindy as they uncover the hidden gems and local treasures that make Statesville truly special.

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