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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – Florida Gateway College gathered to celebrate June 16th.
The event at the Levy Performing Arts Center showcased black culture through music and dance. June 16 was declared a federal holiday last year, marking the end of slavery in the United States.
Members of Florida Gateway College’s Department of Multicultural Affairs said the purpose of this event was to highlight the theme of overcoming adversity.
The celebration included traditional dances while sending an instructive message about the West African culture of roots.
“It’s not just entertainment, it’s education,” said Travis George, the department’s coordinator of multicultural affairs. In terms of remembering West Africa, the original continent from which African Americans came.”
The Mosso-Kan West African Dance & Drum Ensemble was part of the event and shared the importance of devoting time to the arts during this holiday. “It inspires us to keep going, it’s always an exciting thing to see more and more people want to see this type of dance and performance,” Mosso-Kan said.
Lake City‘s first black fire chief, Al Wilson, was also in attendance and spoke about the importance of meeting challenges and embracing our cultures.
At the end of the event, the audience and artists concluded the celebration of June 16 by sharing the stage together.
Officials say Florida Gateway College intends to host multicultural events for the upcoming vacation.
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