Juneteenth Celebration at Virginia Beach Highlights Culture and Community Unity

Virginia Beach, VA – The Oceanfront in Virginia Beach has been buzzing with excitement as the Juneteenth celebrations unfold over three days, inviting families to partake in a variety of activities.

Micah Walls, the creative director of the L.A.M.B.S. Foundation (Love All My Brothers and Sisters), expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity to make Virginia Beach a premier destination for Juneteenth celebrations.

The foundation, established in 2011 after the passing of professional boxer Cordaro “Lil Lamb” Simpkins, aims to honor African American culture.

Reflecting on the foundation’s journey, Walls remarked on the progress made with the support of the city of Virginia Beach. He shared the foundation’s vision of continued growth and collaboration with the city, aiming to expand the event each year.

With a sponsorship of $100,000 this year, Walls expressed gratitude and outlined plans to make next year’s celebration even grander, envisioning an event directly on the sand.

The festivities are inclusive, welcoming the entire community to participate. According to Walls, the event provides a platform for local businesses, emerging artists, and individuals from all backgrounds to come together and celebrate.

Michele Naughton, the Norfolk Assistant Police Chief and a representative of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter, emphasized the significance of the event in raising awareness about Juneteenth and acknowledging the struggles of marginalized communities.

Councilman Chris Taylor organized the inaugural “Jubilee Run to Celebrate Juneteenth 5K and Mile Run” on Sunday, in collaboration with the Tidewater Striders. Participants, including Walls himself, expressed a sense of accomplishment and readiness to embrace the day’s festivities after completing the run.

The celebrations continue on Wednesday at the 24th Street Stage, featuring a lineup of events starting at 11 a.m. The day will include the NAACP kickoff at 11:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion and pitch competition hosted by Black Brand.

Dr. Eric Majette, President of the Virginia Beach NAACP, encouraged everyone to join in the excitement and explore the various vendors and activities offered during the Juneteenth celebrations in Virginia Beach.

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