LITTLE ROCK, Ark — People of all ages gathered at Murray Park Saturday to continue celebrating Juneteenth.
“Last night, we made a whole bunch of shirts and then we went to stores and I made the flyers also for the event,” 7th grader Kaleah Jackson said.
Families gathered for music, speeches, games, and food. It's a celebration Jackson holds close to her heart.
“Without our ancestors, we wouldn’t be here today,” Jackson said.
A movement called Black Women Care kicked off the day with a rally at the Capitol before making their way to the park.
“Basically, us coming in agreement. Somebody was talking about racism, equity, and equality. I particularly was talking about the criminal justice system,” Doniqua Carter said.
Their goal is to provide resources to help the Black community in Little Rock in regards to police brutality and systemic racism.
“In order for Black women to actually have their voices be heard, they need to be able to feel comfortable in the environment that they are in, so all of these strong women are coming together,” Carter said.
At both events, people were also able to register to vote.
“It’s also important that we vote in local elections. That’s where the change happens in your community. You have to vote for those individuals that impact you. I understand the presidential election is important, but for us as a community, we have to vote when it directly affects us,” ReAsia McKissick
The celebration was all about reflecting on how far we’ve come, but to also pave the way for a better future.