June 28, 2023

Juneteenth A Celebration of Freedom!

As the summer season heats up, we find ourselves during a significant moment in American history: Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. This year, Shake-A-Leg Miami was proud to join the nation in celebrating this meaningful holiday and reflecting on its significance for our organization and the communities we serve.

At Shake-A-Leg Miami, our mission has always been to provide inclusive, transformative experiences that empower individuals with disabilities and their families. Juneteenth resonates deeply with our organization because it reminds us of the importance of freedom, justice, and breaking down barriers. It is through collaboration, understanding, and empathy that we can build a stronger and more inclusive society.

To commemorate this day, we held a Juneteenth celebration parade here at Shake-A-Leg. The event was nothing short of a vibrant and powerful display of unity, heritage, and liberation. The parade took place during the summer camp which incorporated the kids through an enchanting and educational experience that filled the hearts of both the young participants and the onlookers with immense joy. The children marched proudly through the compound, waving handmade banners and singing songs of liberation and celebration. With each step, they embodied the spirit of resilience and unity, showcasing the importance of the holiday. The infectious laughter and wide smiles of the children spread to the crowd, as families and community members cheered them on with unwavering support. Through this parade, Shake-A-Leg Miami not only instilled a sense of pride in the kids but also fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation for the significance of Juneteenth in our nation's history.

We as an organization remain committed to creating opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, races, and abilities to experience the transformative power of the water. By breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of belonging, we believe in creating a more equitable world. Together, we can build a brighter future where all individuals have equal access to opportunities, where inclusion is the norm, and where our shared humanity triumphs. We believe in fostering an environment that embraces diversity and promotes unity, and Juneteenth serves as a powerful reminder of the progress we have made while also highlighting the work that lies ahead.

We extend our gratitude to every one of you for your continued support and belief in our mission. Together, let us honor Juneteenth, embrace freedom, promote equality, and strengthen the bonds of our extraordinary Shake-A-Leg Miami community!