Published Aug. 16, 2020 • Updated on Aug. 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM
2020 census 'emergency' threatens to leave out communities of color and rural Americans
In Miami, the Rev. Rhonda Thomas normally would use churches to spread the word, but because of the health crisis, she turned to digital communication and visits to polling stations to push her Black neighbors to be counted.
“Historically, we are a people that has been left out,” Thomas says. “Being counted affects everything, the quality and size of our hospitals, schools, community centers. We need to be included.”
Hundreds march through downtown Orlando amid Juneteenth events across Central Florida
It was a solemn remembrance of lives lost, a raucous march, a jubilant celebration and a call to action: More than a thousand people gathered in downtown Orlando on Friday to mark Juneteenth, one of a slew of events observing the holiday across Central Florida.
The holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery, has drawn renewed attention this year, coming amid ongoing nationwide protests against racial inequality and police brutality, which erupted in many American cities after the Minneapolis killing of George Floyd.
Faith in Florida hosts Juneteenth celebration in downtown Stuart
"I hear a lot of people saying all lives matter. The Black Lives Matter movement is because all lives do not matter. It's the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth and we're still getting killed. Two boys were just hung in California. It's still going on and there has to be accountability," said Adrian Dixon of Hobe Sound, who attends a Juneteenth service memorializing the lives lost to racial injustice, on Friday, June 19, 2020, in the park next to the Martin County Courthouse in Stuart.
June 19th (also known as Juneteenth) is traditionally a day of celebrating black emancipation, but this year's event focused on creating accountability,