The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., which happened on
"I first learned about this holiday through my professors at UW-Eau Claire, who play big roles in putting this event on each year," said
Edwards brought her 4-year-old daughter, Chloe, to the event as well as her friend,
Edwards said a big reason she celebrates Juneteenth year after year is in part to educate her daughter on U.S. history and partly to remind herself of the importance of the event. One speaker's point resonated with her, she said, when he talked about how if society doesn't continue to learn and know about history, then history will repeat itself. And Edwards wants people, especially her daughter, to understand the importance of how far the U.S. has come.
"I strongly feel that the African-American voice needs to be heard and appreciated, especially when it comes to things like this," Edwards said. "That culture has achieved so much so peacefully, and that is just another reason why Juneteenth is so important to celebrate."
While some guests, like Edwards, came to the
"Our professors from the university encouraged us to join the celebration, and it has been enjoyable," Liu said. "Our professors thought it would be good for us to see how Juneteenth is celebrated here, and we're learning a lot."
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