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Crowds celebrate Juneteenth in Brandon Park

Williamsport’s Juneteenth event on Saturday was filled with joy, laughter, dancing, good food and great company as the community gathered to celebrate the newly declared national holiday.

“Love is here today. That’s why we are here today. To celebrate freedom,” said soul food scholar Adrian Miller.

Miller, one of the guest speakers at the event, explained how soul food can encourage love and connection between people, and the idea of “setting a welcome table.”

“It’s the idea of radical hospitality,” he said. “It is recognizing that there is humanity in everyone, and that if we sit at the table, we can recognize everybody’s humanity. … Because remember, cooking is an act of love. When somebody cooks a meal for you, they’re saying that they care for your survival.”

The event hosted a multitude of vendors and artisans, who sold food, clothing, artwork, raffle tickets and more.

One of the vendors, founder and executive director of Community Connections, Airneezer Paige Bingham, shared her excitement for the joyous celebration,

“This is my dream come true,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud … I just love Williamsport and I am just so proud of the women who took it upon themselves and selflessly gave up their time and gave up their resources to make this happen.”

Read more in Monday’s edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette or visit sungazette.com.

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