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Hundreds gather in Annapolis to commemorate Juneteenth

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 17:16:34-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Today is June 19th a day to celebrate, Juneteenth.

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves in Texas following the Civil War. A couple hundred people met today in Annapolis to commemorate the day!

"We want to celebrate equality, we want to see systematic change throughout our society."

James Spearman helped organize the march today. He wanted to celebrate change.

"We want to create a bridge for change and the only way we can do that you can do that is to be peaceful and the only way you can solve the problems is through dialogue, useful dialogue and to be fair and to respect one another as Americans," he said.

Kam Cooke has a unique perspective most of us don't have. He is an African-American police officer.

"It's gonna be a difficult time however we have to lock into our brothers," he said. "Our brothers and sisters that look like us and that don't look like us because at the end of the day we are going to need each other to make it through.

"We got a lot of hurting people, man," said Chief Tim Altomare. "The only way we are going to bring it together and together is the only way we are going to do anything about this mess."

Demonstrators marched through Annapolis to the city dock and met at the Alex Haley-Kunta Kinte statue.