TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After a year of planning, organizers for Terre Haute Community Day say they are eager to celebrate the city as well as Juneteenth.
Organizers Theo Morgan and Daniel Shouse were born and raised in Terre Haute and they say giving back to the community and helping bring change to the city is one of their main objectives.
“Terre Haute is a great place to raise families and over the years, Terre Haute seems to be, there’s things that have slowed down,” said Shouse. “Unemployment rates have risen. It is very important for us to be a part of the revitalization and the restructuring of Terre Haute. We want to bring life back into our community.”
Terre Haute Day will highlight the city’s history while working to create better bonds to push the community forward. Celebrations on Friday and Saturday will include guest speakers like Mayor Duke Bennett and former NFL player Tony McGhee.
“Our goal is to just be able to celebrate Terre Haute every year so we just want to move around to different locations every year,” Morgan. “This year’s Booker T. and this year it’s just solely Daniel and I and the help of the community. Resources that we know here in Indianapolis and Terre Haute.”
Shouse and Morgan also plan to celebrate Juneteenth, the day African Americans were freed from slavery in the United States. Morgan says one of the first steps in helping move Terre Haute forward is by working to create better working relationships.
“We’re working with the police department. We want to build relationships with the police department in the community,” Morgan. “Because with the community, it takes a community to even fix it. So we just want the community to know that we’re there. We’re just trying to do something for them to celebrate Terre Haute.”
Shouse says their main goal is to educate the community.
“That’s really going to give education to what we’re all about and what we stand for in the city of Terre Haute and as a group of African American community,” said Shouse.
The weekend will kick off Friday night at Charlie’s Pub & Grub with special music performances beginning at 7p.m. Saturday’s event will take place at the Booker T. Washington Community Center filled with speakers, food and activities.