Standing in the limited shade provided by a tree at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, Donald Parish Junior watched the few dozen who showed up to walk with him for a “Unite the streets » gathering on Sunday.
“We’re going to be hot and we’re going to be tired,” Parish said.
But for Parish, the “we” is the most important part of that feeling.
That’s why the pastor of the True Lee Missionary Baptist Church spent the afternoon with a group of other walkers, ready to brave temperatures near 100 degrees – to walk from the east of Oak Cliff to the center -city of Dallas for an important cause.
It’s the last event of a weekend filled with celebrations and memories for the June 19 holiday.
From the freedom march in Fort Worth with Opal Lee, affectionately known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” on Saturday, to events throughout the region that highlight a diversity that reflects North Texas.
“I think the fusion is in the freedom,” Parish said.
Rev. Robert Price of Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral added that it’s important for faith communities in Dallas to come together on issues that affect everyone, whether it’s crime, education or how which we deal with each other.
“The difficulty of the date in many ways is just symbolic with our brothers and sisters in their struggle,” Price said. “We are called to be one people and one community and to watch over each other – and it takes all of us to do that.”