Lansing's Juneteenth celebration remembers emancipation

Jun 13, 2013

Among the activities scheduled for this weekend's Juneteenth celebration are a health fair, and a "hip-hop explosion," and a tribute to commemorate Negro League Baseball.
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 Today, Lansing kicks off the opening events of the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration, which is a three-day festival celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery. The holiday has been officially recognized in the state since 2005 when Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared the third Saturday in June to be "Juneteenth National Freedom Day."

Cheryl Benjamin, board member of the Lansing Juneteenth Committee, joins Current State to explain the holiday's origins and what the next three days have to offer.