Senator Cordell Cleare kicked off the weekend’s festivities with a Saturday morning breakfast and press conference at the Harlem Heritage Tourism & Cultural Center. The breakfast featured business owners, public officials, clergy, members of the press, and other community leaders—all key participants of events that are held during Juneteenth Weekend. Senator Cleare spoke on the work that has been done in the Black community, and the work that needs to continue. Our community faces many issues that Cleare has worked to address during her first session in Albany. She has passed legislation to address issues facing the community such as maternal health, education, mass incarceration, and consumer safety.