Brooklyn Park is one of the most culturally rich areas in the Midwest with more than one-fifth of its residents born in other countries. The community can enjoy several restaurants that feature a wide range of ethnic cuisines. We also have an active sister city exchange program with Kakata, Liberia. Today is a special day for many in Brooklyn Park and worth celebrating. Juneteenth celebrated on June 19 is the day back in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas found out that their emancipation had been made formal, two and a half years after it was announced on January, 1, 1863. There are many ways to celebrate with your family and reflect on the history of Juneteenth:
- Plan a special meal and gather the family together to acknowledge Juneteenth. Decorate your table and door with a Juneteenth theme and discuss what the celebration means today. Emphasize the mandates of responsibility and striving to be the best you can be. Make specific pledges for the remainder of the year and ask for support in accomplishing your goals. Check out Mama Ti’s African kitchen or Milah’s Royal Bistro in Brooklyn Park.
- Encourage your neighborhood to display Juneteenth yard signs.
- Plan a special gathering with friends to acknowledge Juneteenth while maintaining social distancing. Exchange facts or quotes from history. Discern how certain significant and historical events have impacted your life today. Make it a point to thank those who have helped open doors for you to achieve.
- Take some personal time to reflect…then look forward. Make a wish. Make a plan. Write it down.
Find more ideas and information, here: juneteenth.com/release/release0619.htm