Over 300 supporters of Friends of New Jersey Legacy Foundation, Inc. and The Positive Community celebrated a proclamation by President Joseph Biden making Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021 aboard the Cornucopia Cruise Line’s luxurious yacht, Destiny.
It was a fun-filled “thank you” on October 9 to honor the tireless efforts of ambassadors, sponsors, spiritual leaders, and friends who came together to help pass legislation for the Juneteenth bill in New Jersey. Tony Award-winning songstress Melba Moore added to the festivities with a soul-stirring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Mrs. Opal Lee, dubbed “Grandmother of Juneteenth” due to her activism to make Juneteenth a national holiday, sent a video message. Beginning in 2016, Mrs.Lee walked two and a half miles each year representing the two and a half years it took the emancipation message to get to Texas.
The celebration continues on January 1, at The Positive Community’s annual Great American Emancipation Day Awards Banquet at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. Among the honorees is Sis. Kim Nesbitt Good, entrepreneur and founding member of Friends of NJ Legacy Foundation.