Juneteenth at The Doug

By Asia Nail
The Truth Reporter

A beautiful Juneteenth celebration was in full swing Saturday at The Frederick Douglass Community Association. The air was filled with an electrifying energy, a palpable sense of pride and unity among attendees.

As I stepped through the entrance, I was immediately drawn to the colorful booth of B Wreaths and Treats. Their display showcased an array of intricately crafted wreaths, each adorned with vibrant ribbons, flowers, and Afrocentric motifs. The owner, a talented artist, shared her passion for “making a beautiful house a home” as she helps customers select the perfect wreath to add a touch of warmth and culture to their living spaces.

Moving further into the festivities, I stumbled upon a lively gathering surrounding Realtist Rob Pasker. With a wide smile and a wealth of knowledge, those at the booth passionately shared their expertise in real estate, guiding aspiring homeowners on their path to securing their dream houses. Pasker’s real estate experience is evident in the customized advice he offers, tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of the black community.

The beautiful sounds of gospel beckoned me towards a group of talented dancers, gracefully moving their bodies in sync with the music. Their vibrant costumes adorned with traditional African patterns and colors told stories of heritage and resilience. As I watched their captivating performance, I couldn’t help but feel uplifted, allowing the pulsating rhythms to guide my feet in a celebration of freedom and unity.

As the sun began to set, the aroma of mouthwatering cuisine filled the air, leading me to a few food vendors. The flavors of the African diaspora intertwined, enticing everyone to indulge in a delightful treat or two.

A kaleidoscope of customized gifts caught my eye as I ventured deeper into the festivities. Local artisans showcased their talents, offering unique pieces that embodied the essence of Afrocentric artistry. From hand-made jewelry to vibrant paintings, each item spoke of heritage, resilience, and the power of creative expression.

I enjoyed meeting Miss Angela from Divine Designz. Al a fellow Black girl who blings, I can appreciate her knack for blinged out accessories! I also met the two lovely ladies of Stax on Deck, a local custom accessory brand. If you love customization and the latest fashions be sure to keep up with them!

In the midst of the celebration, various city resource organizations set up informational booths, providing valuable resources and support to the community. From healthcare services to educational programs, these organizations were dedicated to uplifting and empowering the black community, ensuring equal opportunities and access to essential resources.

This second federally recognized Juneteenth celebration is a testament to the resilience and strength of the black community, a vibrant celebration of freedom, and a reminder of the importance of coming together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and build a brighter future for generations to come.

All-in-all the Juneteenth celebration at The Frederick Douglass Community Association was a true embodiment of joy, culture, and community. It was a space where Afrocentric traditions, talents, and knowledge thrived, nurturing a sense of pride and unity among attendees. As the night drew to a close, I left with a heart full of cherished memories and a renewed appreciation for the rich tapestry of Black culture and heritage.


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