MADISON COUNTY—Madison County will recognize Juneteenth with its second annual community conversation hosted by District 6 Commissioner Violet Edwards. Honoring the holiday’s significance, the district is partnering with Huntsville-based Vision Excellence Company (VEC) for “Oh, Freedom 2024!”

Community leaders will join Commissioner Edwards and Dr. Karockas Watkins of VEC to discuss the topic: The Notion of A Colorblind Society. This free event will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 10 a.m. – noon at the Robert “Bob” Harrison Wellness and Advocacy Center at 6156 Pulaski Pike,
Huntsville, Alabama.

“The idea of colorblindness is being used as the rationale behind dismantling diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, and it is clear the notion of a colorblind society means different things to different people,” said Commissioner Edwards. “Let’s take this time to address the intricacies of race to understand each other better.”

Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrations often center on family, culture, and education. In the spirit of Juneteenth, event organizers seek to hold a thought-provoking conversation on race relations in our community and ways to strengthen

Sharing their expertise are Dr. Darrell Ezell of Heritage Solutions, Ms. ShaVonne Cammack of Deloitte, Dr. Claudette Owens of Fountain of Life Ministries, and Pastor Will Starkweather of St. Mark’s Lutheran
Church in Huntsville.
“Juneteenth is a profound reminder of our nation’s journey towards freedom and equality. As we
explore the notion of a colorblind society, we aim to foster meaningful dialogue about the complexities
of race and identity,” said Dr. Watkins. “We will reflect on our progress, recognize our challenges, and
envision a future where diversity is celebrated, and true equity is achieved.”