Community leaders set to celebrate June 15 in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – America is days away from celebrating a national holiday that commemorates the end of slavery.

Community leaders in western Michigan are preparing to honor June 19 – also known as Juneteenth – a day that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

The Black Impact Collaborative, a nonprofit that offers programs and uplifts the black community of Grand Rapids, is expected to host an outdoor roller skating event the weekend of June 17. Organizers said it would take place at Calder Plaza and was free for everyone.

The ice rink will open from June 18 to 20 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This activation is just an opportunity to educate the community about our mission, the plight and liberation of black people. It is also a celebration of the continued work and impact that BIC will have in this community for many years to come, ”BIC President Dallas Lenear said in a press release.

Guest DJs will perform at the celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening.

Cherry Health will also be at Calder Plaza to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on June 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone wishing to be vaccinated is encouraged to call Cherry Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 616.965.8347 to make an appointment. The hotline is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cherry Health will also accept walk-in people and register patients on site.

Patients are urged to mention that they plan to be vaccinated on June 15 in order to receive Cherry Health sponsored gift cards.

Community leaders said those who receive their first vaccine will be scheduled to have their second completed at Cherry Health’s Heart of the City Health Center, located at 100 Cherry Street.

For more details regarding rink operations, other on-site programs and a list of events in Grand Rapids, visit the Events and Commitments tab at BIC website.

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