Juneteenth to include giveaways, dancing, music and speeches
by Sally Litchfield
June 14, 2013 12:00 AM | 1765 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Juneteenth Celebration Chairman Jeriene Grimes and Cobb County NAACP President Deane Bonner prepare to start their planning meeting with an eager group of volunteers for the 10th annual event and concert to be held today and Saturday on the Marietta Square. Juneteenth is the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, and about 15,000 visitors are expected at this year's event. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Juneteenth Celebration Chairman Jeriene Grimes and Cobb County NAACP President Deane Bonner prepare to start their planning meeting with an eager group of volunteers for the 10th annual event and concert to be held today and Saturday on the Marietta Square. Juneteenth is the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, and about 15,000 visitors are expected at this year's event.
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Go to Glover Park and the historic Marietta Square in downtown Marietta on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and celebrate the 10th annual Juneteenth hosted by the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP.

“Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” said Deane Bonner, president of Cobb County Branch of the NAACP since 1997.

What started out 10 years ago as a celebration with 300 people in attendance has grown to an anticipated 15,000 attending the rain or shine festival.

“Juneteenth has evolved into a wonderful event,” Bonner said.

The celebration features an array of booths, giveaways and entertainment such as music, dancing, speeches and bounce houses. Vendors will offer goods and food for sale. WellStar and the Cobb County Board of Elections will also be present.

“There is something for everybody,” she said.

“It’s a great partnership of community involvement. It’s very cohesive and inclusive and very diverse. It’s a great opportunity for young folks to showcase their talent,” Bonner said.

Juneteenth is a positive community-building event.

“It’s a win-win for the city. If you haven’t been you should come to enjoy the fellowship. You need to come because it will be a lot of fun, a day of adventure,” Bonner said.

Kick off is today with a smooth jazz, rhythm and blues, spoken word concert in Glover Park under the stars from 7 to 11 p.m.

Glove Park is at 50 Park Square in Marietta.

Learn more at www.cobbnaacp.org or call (770) 425-5757.
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