Many of us did not know the meaning of Juneteenth and had not ever celebrated it.
My book will show appreciation to my hometown for its festivals and tell the truth about Juneteenth. It was said that Juneteenth is built on falsehoods and wrapped in mistruths. After this major celebration in my hometown, my major research about Juneteenth began to reach new heights. I was driven to continue contributing to Juneteenth, participating in celebrations, and further educating the world by writing a book about Juneteenth.
I wrote a special letter to Mayor Coleburn which he published in The Blackstone Courier Newspaper.
I appreciate The Town of Blackstone for producing its first and second Annual Black History Heroes Program. I congratulate Mayor Coleburn for his efforts to recognize native sons and daughters and longtime residents — past and present — who overcame obstacles and achieved success in the industry, business, medicine, law, education, public service, and community involvement I ask that he continue to seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor in the Town of Blackstone. This program will promote a growing awareness of Black identity achievements by Black Americans and other people of African descent.
Additionally, I express my gratitude for receiving one of the Mayor's Black History Hero Awards for 2021. I am more than honored to have received it at the First Annual Juneteenth Celebration.