Lights on for Justice
June 17, 2020
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LIGHTS FOR JUSTICE - On Friday, June 19, 2020, stadium lights across Marion County, including Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools, were turned on for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as a tribute to Mr. George Floyd and to spotlight the need for social justice and to end racism. Mr. Floyd was born on October 14, therefore the lights went on at 10:14 PM. June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, was chosen because of the significance of the date to the African American community. Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Celebration Day is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19. The date commemorates June 19, 1865 when a Union General read federal orders to Galveston, Texas that stated all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. This was the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Watch as Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools lit up their football fields for 8 minutes and 46 seconds for Lights on for Justice.