Detroit Juneteenth Marked by Anti-racist Demonstrations and New Street Mural

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By Detroit Fighting Words Staff

A “Power to the People” street mural was unveiled on June 19 (Juneteenth) along Woodward Avenue between Congress and Larned in downtown Detroit.

The project was developed by local African American artist Hubert Massey with the collaboration of 30 high school students. Juneteenth took on an added significance in 2020 coming right alongside the upsurge in mass demonstration, urban rebellions and the renewed debate over the role and status of the police.

In the next block from where the mural is located, several African American organizations staffed tables with artwork and political propaganda. Various groups were in attendance including Black Youth Project 100, the Black Women’s Coalition, among others.

Also taking place just several blocks away at Detroit police headquarters is the daily 4:00 pm rally and march against police brutality. The group, Detroit Will Breathe, has drafted a series of demands to the City administration including the defunding of police, the banning of crowd-control weapons used by cops and the channeling of these resources into programs for education and housing.

Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Communist Workers League (CWL) have been present at the demonstrations distributing literature, posters and addressing the audiences on several occasions.

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