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Juneteenth plans coming together in Tucker


Juneteenth plans coming together in Tucker

Main Street in Tucker on the evening of Feb. 2, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — Citizens for Family Activities in Tucker (CFAT) is planning Tucker’s first Juneteenth celebration on June 18 on Main Street.

Founded by Camille Mahdi, CFAT is coordinating and hosting the inaugural Juneteenth Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a unity walk, speakers, live music, food, merchandise and a kids’ area.

Madhi said elected officials from Tucker City Council and DeKalb County Board of Commissioners are participating in the event.

“This is a momentous occasion, not only for Tucker, but for EVERY American citizen. We are celebrating June 19, 1865, the historic date that soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas and brought news of the Emancipation Proclamation, thereby formally abolishing slavery in the United States of America,” said Mahdi. “It has been uplifting to coordinate this event with our civic leaders and humbling how much support we have received. We are making history by honoring history and creating an annual celebration of freedom.”

Tucker City Council members have been active in planning Juneteenth Jubilee.

Speakers at the Jubilee include Tucker Mayor Frank Auman, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, DeKalb County Commissioners Robert Patrick, Steve Bradshaw and Lorraine Cochran Johnson, Tucker High School Principal Dr. Eric Parker, and DeKalb NAACP President Lance Hammonds, according to a press release.

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