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Denver Juneteenth celebration in Five Points mixes history, tradition, politics

“I grew up down here,” said Valarie Chiles. “For me, Juneteenth is about the community coming together. I love seeing the support for the black community. I brought my grandchildren here to experience what it was like for me growing up and to see the unity.”


After the parade, community organizer Norman Harris began the day’s programming by presenting the 2018 Dream Big Awards. This year, April Denmon, Lilian Afifa, Brandis Meeks, state Rep. Leslie Herod, Eula Adams, Jerome Davis, Fathima Dickerson and Jai Harris were honored for “going the extra mile.”



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