Dayton ‘protestival’ calls for justice and joy

Courtney Burrs and Johnathan Anderson, both from Dayton, play Jenga during the "protestival" at McIntosh Park in Dayton Saturday, June 13, 2020. E.L. Hubbard for the Dayton Daily News
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Courtney Burrs and Johnathan Anderson, both from Dayton, play Jenga during the "protestival" at McIntosh Park in Dayton Saturday, June 13, 2020. E.L. Hubbard for the Dayton Daily News

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

In Dayton’s McIntosh Park Saturday afternoon, a “protestival” blended joy and indignation, echoing other calls for justice.

A smaller group gathered at the park for eating and listening to music off West Riverview Avenue.

People gather for the "protestival" at McIntosh Park in Dayton Saturday, June 13, 2020. E.L. Hubbard for the Dayton Daily News
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People gather for the "protestival" at McIntosh Park in Dayton Saturday, June 13, 2020. E.L. Hubbard for the Dayton Daily News

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

“The message for today that we’re really pushing is joy,” Ronald Woodland said there. “In this state of time, it’s really hard for African Americans to feel joy, to feel proud of what we have, of what we’re seeing. It’s extremely important to not let this slip, to not forget that.”

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“Using your joy as a form of protest is just as strong as marching,” he added.

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