“We are determined to be people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., from his iconic speech, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, delivered on April 3, 1968, at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. King’s powerful words echo through the pages of history, underscoring the unwavering resolve of Black Americans in their 400-year struggle for equality. This persistent fight for freedom, justice, and opportunity has continuously driven our nation towards its founding ideal of universal equality.

In honor of Juneteenth and African American history, we are excited to announce a new exhibit, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality, on display at City Hall. From June 7 through August, visitors can explore this compelling exhibit on the first floor at 7401 Baltimore Avenue, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

We are proud to host this exhibit on loan from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, offering our visitors and residents an enriching experience. The Determined exhibit and the Juneteenth holiday together provide a moment to honor the resilience of African Americans and the courage of abolitionists and activists who have tirelessly fought for civil rights throughout the years.

In addition to the exhibit, the City of College Park is hosting a free children’s book giveaway in celebration of Juneteenth. You can request a free copy of The History of Juneteenth by Arlisha Norwood (for ages 6-9) to educate the younger generation about this significant holiday. Sign up at www.collegeparkmd.gov/juneteenth.

Join us in commemorating Juneteenth and exploring the remarkable history of African American resilience and determination.