MLK Jr. Park Needs Your Help In Buffalo
One of Buffalo's crown jewel parks is in desperate need of cleaning and they could really use your help.
With the Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival coming up soon, residents of Buffalo's MLK Park neighborhood and officials from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy are looking for people to participate in a clean-up day at the park.
The Community Volunteer Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, with the activities set to begin at 3 pm and are expected to run until around 6 pm.
People who sign up for the volunteer day will be working throughout the park sprucing things up in advance of the 47th annual Juneteenth festival. Buckets, gloves, trash bags, and other cleaning tools and supplies will be provided by the officials from the Conservancy.
If you're interested in helping or need more information, you can check the sign-up website right here. You can also contact Zach Garland if you have additional questions that aren't answered on the website.
Juneteenth Is Back For The First Time In 2 Years
Juneteenth was one of the festivals that was impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Officials are looking to bounce back for its 47th year.
Officials from the Juneteenth of Buffalo committee also plan to make sure the people who were killed during the Buffalo Mass Shooting are honored. The entire festival is being dedicated to their memory.
Given the heightened feelings in Buffalo after the racist attack, officials also plan to make sure more security is on-site, along with law enforcement officers from the various departments that are available in Buffalo.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States of America and has been celebrated in Buffalo since at least 1976. The Buffalo celebration routinely ranks as one of the largest celebrations in the country.
Even though slavery ended in 1863 after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, there were still large parts of the country where slavery was still in existence. It took more than 2 years before the last group of slaves was freed by General Granger in Galveston, TX.