Juneteenth Day 2018
Neither rain nor chilly summer temperatures stopped the festivities, as our photos attest.
While there was definitely rain on the parade, that didn’t temper the spirits at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day 2018.
The celebration stretched along N. Doctor M.L.K. Dr. from W. Burleigh St. to W. Center St. with lots of stands offering health services and plenty of barbecue. Diverse & Resilient made an appearance in the “Rubber Rover” to share condoms as part of their 414All safe sex campaign. Rocketship Public Schools brought their own pressurized bottle rocket for festival goers to set skyward. Milwaukee County Sheriff and democratic candidate for governor Richard Schmidt, democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell, and others made appearances to promote their campaigns. A parade descended W. Atkinson Ave. from W. Capitol Dr. all the way down to W. Burleigh St., though some of the dancers had to wear ponchos to protect their outfits.
Milwaukee began their own celebration in 1971, according to Milwaukee Magazine. The festival was established by Margaret Henningsen, retired executive director at the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and a part of the Northcott Neighborhood House at the time, after she saw a Juneteenth Day celebration in Georgia, according to the Milwaukee Courier. Juneteenth Day became a legal holiday in Wisconsin after Senator Spencer Coggs‘ Senate Bill 170 was signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle on December 3, 2009, making Wisconsin the 32nd state to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday according to the publication.
Our photos capture the festivities. Be sure to check out last year’s photos as well.
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