Ogden activist hopes Juneteenth will be a time to look ahead
SALT LAKE CITY — This is the first year that Utah celebrated Juneteenth as an official state holiday. One Ogden activist said it’s a time for celebration but also a time to look forward to what still needs to be done.
Many people, including one Ogden woman, worked for decades to make this recognition happen.
Juneteenth commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Texas to ensure the liberation of enslaved people.
Betty Sawyer with the Ogden chapter of the NAACP, worked for decades to make it a recognized holiday.
Juneteenth event today
The free event happens today and kicks off with the Beloved Community Juneteenth Celebration Walk. The walk starts at the Utah State Capitol Building and ends at the Salt Lake City and County Building.
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