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Business Leaders of Colors at Juneteenth
June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Business Leaders of Colors will be representing our members at Ithaca’s Juneteenth celebration at Southside Community Center on Saturday June 15, 2019.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of African/European slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education, achievement, and community. Community members are invited to attend and enjoy great food, live music, children’s activities, a raffle with prizes from dozens of local businesses, and unique vendors. Representatives from local community organizations will share information and resources.
Southside Community Center’s Juneteenth 2019 theme is Abolitionist Teaching honoring Jacqueline Elizabeth Melton Scott (January 1, 1937 – March 16, 2019).
In honor of one of our very own Abolitionist Teacher, Mama Scott taught many of us a way of life by emphasizing the importance and power of knowing and honoring our histories relationship to the present. Mama Scott embodied all aspects of an abolitionist teacher, as she built a nationally acclaimed education program with the purpose of incorporating diversity of culture, ethnicity, economics and geography into the curriculum. As part of this work and her daily interactions, she taught us very specifically and unapologetically about the historic and present contributions of Black people, especially Black Women, in this country and across the world. Her teachings continue to liberate us and she always reminded us to…
“Live a good honorable life… Then, when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly… AND LIVE OUT LOUD.”