Speech to Text for OSF celebrates Juneteenth, marking slavery's end
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for the training. ox newswatch12's cassidy delamarter joins us live at the final celebration of the day. cassidy, what's the variety show like? [a36]juneteenth at osf-live stinger this show started about a half an hour ago and right now, you can see behind me everyone is enjoying some live music. although this looks just like a party, the meaning of today is far more important than that. [a38]juneteenth at osf-pkg nat: happy juneteenth! it's a day to celebrate freedom. whitney reed, osf membership engagement coordinator "we are here because they did all of that hard work and we're here and we get to sing and dance and act and create and be creative with our lives in a way that our ancestors never got a chance to." juneteenth is the celebration of the abolition of slavery. whitney reed helped coordinate the celebrations at o-s-f today. but she says she uses today as a reminder... "this is a moment that i get to acknowledge it and i get to sit there and i get to meditate on who i am what i've become and the fact that i am my ancestors wildest dreams." reed isn't alone. william thomas is from california...and he says this celebration here in ashland is not only unique, but rare. william thomas hodgeson, osf variety show organizer "i don't often see juneteenth happening in other places. even other metropolitan places sometimes don't celebrate juneteenth, so it's just kind of amazing to be in ashland." he helped coordinate the variety show that's happening right now. "i think it's been like a celebration of black culture and a lot of times for me it's a time to reflect on oppression is that still exist in society today." deborah gordon says it's an event everyone should come out to at least once. deborah gordon, rogue valley resident 35 years "i think it's great to do it with culture as well as words and demonstrations because each kind of experience reaches another person in another way but it's easy for us to go but our lives and forget that there's pieces of the population that are excluded." nat: will you be back again next year? absolutely. while the final show is going on right now behind me, they are also accepting donations that will be used to host juneteenth again next year. as well as funding for education programs to help students come visit o-s-f for free. in ashland, cassidy delamarter, newswatch12. to keep up to date with the