Article by W. Clay Crook-
The second annual Juneteenth celebration in Henderson County was held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, with speakers at the Montgomery Cultural and Enrichment Center and family entertainment in the park area. The event was hosted by United Minds of Lexington.
The special guest speaker was Dr. Jacqueline L. Taylor, Associate Vice-President of the Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is the daughter of Vivian and Ernest Lee Taylor of Lexington and is a graduate of Lexington High School. She then did course work at West Tennessee Business College, Lane College, Jackson State Community College, and then began working at Union University, where she received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Education degrees.
Dr. Taylor said to “Look left, then right, and then behind and in front of you, and smile. This is a day to celebrate and to promote good feelings.” She went on to say how Juneteenth is not just an important historical event for the Black community, but for everyone.
She explained the origins of Juneteenth, which is short for “June Nineteenth,” a holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States. She said that it has gone by many other names, including Liberation Day, Jubilee, Emancipation Day, and…
For the complete article, see the June 23rd edition of The Lexington Progress.