Current and former BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) elected officials of Orange County have come together to observe Juneteenth by sharing the history of Juneteenth and planning celebrations of local Black history and culture. Defining moments in history remind us of the ongoing fight for freedom, justice and equity. Watch these special programs via the links below!
- The BIPOC Elected Officials of Orange County shared a Resolution in Recognition of Juneteenth in June 2021. The BIPOC Electeds are a rainbow coalition (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) with representation from the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough; Orange County Board of County Commissioners; the NC General Assembly; the Orange County School Board; and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board. WATCH at https://youtu.be/PI7lwP_1qAc
- NAACP Youth Council hosted a Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St. Before the festivities on this historic day, remarks were shared by Kendall Lytle of NAACP Youth Council, local historian Danita Mason-Hogans, Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Foushee, Orange County Board of Commissioners Chair Renee Price, North Carolina Senator Valerie Foushee, and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt. WATCH the video at https://youtu.be/WsgBfPDfxF0
- Resolution in Recognition of 400 Years of the African American Story. This resolution is read by the elected officials, who then recognize past and present African American elected officials in Orange County. Following the resolution and recognition, Dr. Freddie Parker, Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina Central University, gives a presentation on the history of Juneteenth. WATCH the 2020 Program at https://youtu.be/1FL70knQgGc