What We Are Doing
This is the first of a series of multicultural movements. Juneteenth, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19th, 1865 emancipation announcement of African-American slaves’ in southern American confederate states. Diverse Communities in Action Movement will host a Juneteenth Commemoration with a Cultural Walk, Symposium, and Cultural Expo.
First, this gathering, via a Community Walk, beginning at Leiment Park, headed north to Jefferson and Crenshaw, circling back south to Slauson and Crenshaw, forming a full circle walk back to Crenshaw High School (ICEF Charter High School, View Park Prep, or West Angeles Church—location to be determined) will illuminate the social construct of implicit and explicit messaging whether seen and or heard within this community daily. Walkers within and outside the community will be provided an opportunity to physically embrace the neighborhoods and communities.
Second, the Symposium, will allow Diverse Community in Action Movement participants to meet in “In My Shoes™” focus groups. DCIAM participants will discuss a collection of their experiences from their community walk. The goal is to bring the walkers into the world of the people that reside in that space. It is an effort to let their stories inspire others to dig deep in their awareness of the lives of the people who live in those neighborhoods.
Third, Cultural Expo will showcase diverse vendors to celebrate Juneteenth 2017! From 1:30 pm to 6:00pm various cultural groups: choirs, dance groups, food vendors, poets, authors, storytellers, higher education institutions, spoken word artist, business owners, community-based agencies, K-12 partnerships, and government officials will unite to celebrate our multiculturalism.