Starting next year, City of DeKalb employees potentially will receive a paid holiday in observance of Juneteenth, city officials say, the first step in the City’s efforts to mark the newest federal and state holiday.
Starting next year, City of DeKalb employees potentially could receive a paid holiday in observance of Juneteenth, city officials say, the first step in the City’s efforts to mark the newest federal and state holiday.
There was an extra note of celebration to this year’s annual Juneteenth event Saturday.
DeKalb’s first ever Juneteenth celebration block party was hosted by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, the NIU Center for Black Studies and B.L.L.A.C.K. Inc. NFP. The event ran from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Hillcrest and Blackhawk, where the old Campus Cinema once stood, in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood.
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Local community groups announced they will host a block part in DeKalb for Juneteenth, a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States of America. “While this significant milestone is typically noted by Black/African Americans, this gathering will be welcoming and inviting to everyone,” event organizers said. Local vendors are encouraged to sign up.