Flint to Honor Claressa Shields for Her Badassery at Juneteenth Celebrations
Claressa Shields who we consider to be one of the most badass women on the planet will be honored during Flint's Juneteenth celebrations this weekend.
Shields will be celebrated for all her achievements in the boxing and MMA ring, not to mention all she's done outside the ring as well.
According to MLive, Shields, 26, will serve as grand marshal for the champions parade, a part of Flint’s citywide Juneteenth weekend — one of many events planned this year to celebrate Juneteenth.
Mayor Sheldon Neeley:
We are so proud of Claressa Shields and all she has accomplished. Through hardwork and perseverance, she has accomplished more than any other boxer — male or female — and she has stayed true to her roots. She remains committed to this community and we are so thankful. This celebration honoring Claressa Shields is well-deserved. She is a champion through and through.
If you're planning on going downtown this year, expect big things as this is the first Juneteenth that is being celebrated as an official holiday in the city of Flint.
Black Wall Street featuring Flint’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and black-owned businesses: 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St. Also Saturday and Sunday.
• Champions Parade, a part of the Citywide Juneteenth Weekend: Noon Saturday, June 19, starting in front of Flint City Hall and proceeds north on Saginaw Street to Berston Field House. The parade will celebrate Shields and other Flint’s champions including several of the city’s athletic greats and community leaders. Healthcare workers will also be honored for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Juneteenth Fun Fair, a part of the Citywide Juneteenth Weekend, featuring educational exhibits, food, bounce houses and fun for the whole family: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Berston Field House.
• Gospel Festival, a part of the Citywide Juneteenth Weekend, featuring praise and purpose: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Riverbank Park next to Riverfront Banquet Center, downtown Flint.
• Juneteenth Festival: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Brush Park, downtown Flint.
• Traditional Juneteenth Celebration Celebrating Black Liberation: 2-6 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium.
• Black Buckham Juneteenth Festival: 1-9 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Buckham Alley, downtown Flint.
• Traditional Juneteenth Celebration Celebrating Black Liberation Parade: Marshaling starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Max Brandon Park.