Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities


              Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego presents a physical copy of the proclamation, which makes Juneteenth a paid city holiday, during an annual Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
            
              Former Democratic state Rep. Reginald Bolding, who is running for Secretary of State, speaks to the crowd about the importance of Juneteenth and how to get involved in local politics during an annual Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
            
              A member of Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance performs during an annual Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event features dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
            
              Mounted members of the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle historical organization enter the Marketplace vendors' lane to open the Juneteenth Celebration Festival called Omo Africa, on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Rebecca Howard Park in Olympia, Wash. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)
            
              Miss Juneteenth Arizona Shaundrea Norman, 17, left, and Teen Miss Juneteenth Arizona Kendall McCollun, 15, attend an annual Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
            People gather at Eastlake Park during an annual Juneteenth celebration in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey) Children swing in the playground at Eastlake Park during an annual Juneteenth celebration in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey) Members of Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance performs during an annual Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park in Phoenix on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The event featured dozens of businesses, food vendors and educational opportunities for community members. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey) Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage, with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in hand, starts as the third annual Juneteenth Drive-Thru Parade's grand marshal at Inglewood High School in Inglewood. Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Lula Washington Dance Company dancers Danny Guerrero, left, and Kozue Kasahara warm up before the start of a Juneteenth celebrations at Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Riders perform motorcycle tricks before the start of the third annual Juneteenth Drive-Thru Parade at Inglewood High School in Inglewood. Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Riders perform motorcycle tricks before the start of the third annual Juneteenth Drive-Thru Parade at Inglewood High School in Inglewood. Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Tyler Hamilton, left, and Isaiah Copeland participate at the third annual Juneteenth Drive-Thru Parade at Inglewood High School in Inglewood. Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) People hold a rally to celebrate Juneteenth commemoration in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Bridgette Brisco sells dresses, umbrellas and hats during Juneteenth celebrations at Leimert Park in Los Angeles Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Reanna Barry, left, from Dominica, the island country in the Caribbean, sells natural products and plants during a Juneteenth commemoration at Leimert Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18, 2022.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Daisa Chantel kisses Anthony Beltran as they take a picture to celebrate Juneteenth at Leimert Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Juneteenth themed merchandise is sold at Leimert Park as the holiday is commemorated in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Darren McCormick, an Alpha Phi Alpha Pittsburgh Chapter member, teaches a handshake to Brian Cook Jr., during the Juneteenth Voting Rights Parade lineup on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Pittsburgh. Cook's father, Brian Cook, is the President of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, who joined Alpha Phi Alpha, Pittsburgh, and Alpha Omicron Lambda, of Pittsburgh University, in support of Sunday's holiday. On Saturday, community groups and leaders marched in the Juneteenth Voting Rights Parade from Freedom Corner to Point State Park. (Ariana Shchuka/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Members of Willie O'Ree Academy and Pittsburgh I.C.E. sit on the Penguin's float during the Juneteenth Voting Rights Parade lineup on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Pittsburgh. Willie O'Ree Academy, an ice hockey training program for young Black players, and Pittsburgh I.C.E., Inclusion Creates Equality, were invited to ride on the Penguin's float in the parade from Freedom Corner to Point State Park. (Ariana Shchuka/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Julien James carries his son, Maison, 4, holding a Pan-African flag to celebrate during a Juneteenth commemoration at Leimert Park in Los Angeles Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Juneteenth merchandise is sold in commemoration of the holiday at Leimert Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18, 2022.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Representation of Joe's Barber and Beauty shop in Acres Homes participate in the Mayor Turner's 9th Annual Juneteenth Parade, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP) Members of the Acres Homes community wave at horse riders participating in the Mayor Turner's 9th Annual Juneteenth Parade, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP) A visitor takes a photograph of the Absolute Equality Mural, which was unvailed last Juneteenth, with his cellphone, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Galveston, Texas. Galveston is the birthplace of Juneteenth, but has seen a steady decline in its Black population over the years. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP) Pamela Junior, director of The Two Mississippi Museums, speaks about the historical roots of Juneteenth, as she stands before the entrance exhibits to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Jackson. Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation-- which had been issued on January 1, 1863-- was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)