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Poet brings verses of freedom to Juneteenth celebration
Poet Doris davenport returns Saturday to her childhood roots in Gainesville for a recital celebrating freedom and Juneteenth — the African-American celebration of total abolition of slavery in all parts of the United States. davenport uses a lower-case d in her name as a statement about independence.
Gainesville-born poet Doris davenport decided long ago to lowercase the d in her last name as a statement of sorts about her independence of thought and freedom from what others would expect from her. She’ll bring that attitude Saturday when davenport returns to her roots for a recital as part of the Juneteenth celebration in Gainesville. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.