The 7th annual Juneteenth festival will take place on June 19th in Appleton’s City Park and will be a celebration of freedom, unity and community. The celebration is free to attend and runs from noon until 6 p.m.
The Juneteenth Celebration will feature:
- MC Keith L. Brown, Mr. I’M POSSIBLE
- “The Prince & Michael Experience” tribute performance
- Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago
- Lex Allen with New Age Narcissism
- Kucha and Baba Tony Stortytellers of Chicago
- HecDaKid from Atlanta
- Music from DJ Afrekete
- Stone of Hope Exhibit
- A Children’s Village with storytelling, face painting, mini golf, a train, and rock wall
- Food, free giveaways, and a resource fair
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The first celebration of the end of slavery took place in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Juneteenth is officially observed on June 19.
“Juneteenth is a time for us to gather as a community to celebrate freedom and remember the sacrifices that have been made while fighting for our freedom. While we understand that the struggle for equality continues, on June 19th, we will honor our past through festive activities that highlight the significance, beauty and diversity of African American culture and our contributions to the world. Everyone is welcome to this inclusive celebration to celebrate our collective American freedom,” said Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran, one of the co-founders of African Heritage, Inc.
“Appleton is honored to once again be one of hundreds of celebrations happening across the country. We invite our community to join us as we celebrate the oldest African American holiday in the United States.” said City of Appleton Diversity Coordinator Kathy Flores.
This festival is hosted by African Heritage, Inc. and the City of Appleton with major sponsorship from Thrivent Financial, Oshkosh Corporation and Kimberly Clark Corporation.