Juneteenth march, flashlight vigil planned for Friday

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gather in Triangle Park for a peaceful protest on June 2, 2020. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group)

To celebrate Juneteenth and remember the life of George Floyd, Manhattan residents Jaynae Cole, Teresa Parks and Rebecca Gould organized a march and flashlight vigil on Friday.

The events begin with a march from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Triangle Park. A flashlight vigil begins at 7 p.m. in City Park. Organizers ask attendees to wear masks, but there will be masks provided to those without masks.

“We planned this event … to educate the community on what black Americans’ independence really is,” Cole said.

The Facebook event says this is “[a]n opportunity to observe and reflect on the historical impact and significance of celebrating the official notification of liberation for the last slaves in Texas.”

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, former slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned about the end of the Civil War and their emancipation.

My name is Bailey Britton and I am the former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I have been the assistant news editor and the managing editor. I have also interned for the Manhattan Mercury and the Colby Free Press. I grew up in Colby, Kansas, and I am a junior in journalism and English. Through the Collegian, I aim to provide the K-State community with quality news coverage while we learn to serve our campus.