Juneteenth Celebration in South Berkeley
Thousands gathered along Adeline Street in Berkeley Saturday to celebrate a joyous and peaceful Juneteenth. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful day,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Max Anderson, who was on hand to talk with his South Berkeley constituents. Visitors could shop, dine—the scent from one of the barbecue grills proved a consistent draw—as well as watch talented youngsters dance, or join them for a ride on a bright yellow slide. The holiday, which commemorates the day in 1865 when Texas slaves learned of their freedom, is officially celebrated on June 19, but the Berkeley event was held on Saturday so that working families could attend.