Residents in our communities are getting ready to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. Here are some of the events taking place:
▪ 618 Day and Juneteenth Celebration – 9:00 on Saturday, June 18. East St. Louis City Council, 301 River Park Drive, East St. Louis, and Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State Street, East St. Louis. Celebrations begin at 9 a.m. with the Alpha Phi Alpha Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk Race at East St.Louis City Hall. After 5K, the parade will begin on Fifth Avenue and State Street to 65th Street and State Street. At noon, East St. Louis will host a community party at the Clyde C. Jordan Seniors Center, featuring a concert, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, food carts, bounce houses, face painting, community service, retail and food kiosks.
▪ View the Emancipation Proclamation – 9am to 4:30pm Friday, June 17, Sunday, June 19 through Friday, June 24 and Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 112 North Sixth Avenue Springfield. The advertisement will be displayed in the ALPLM Library Building, where there is no entrance fee, rather than in the Museum building. The ALPLM also gives a presentation on the history of black Americans and their struggle for full citizenship. The drawing appears on the windows along one side of the museum and includes a timeline from 1787 to the present that touches on slavery in supposed Illinois, black riots in Springfield, and Juneteenth celebrations in Lincoln’s hometown. Developed by Juneteenth Inc. The Illinois State Museum. Presidentlincoln.illinois.gov
▪ Forward Together in Belleville – Juneteenth Celebration – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Love Church, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. The holiday celebration event includes food vendors, entertainment, education, and the community. https://bit.ly/3tBFYRg
▪ June 31st Anniversary Celebration – 11am-5pm Saturday, June 18th. James H Killion Park, 2400 Washington Street, Alton. Featuring Ronni Gee/Bob Cervera, children’s activities, music, entertainment, food and historical information. Free and open to the public. jacobyartscenter.org
▪ Belleville-O’Fallon alumni class at Kappa Alpha Psi Gwentith Celebration – noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18. In the park adjacent to 802 W. C St. , Belleville. On-site food carts, bounce houses, face painting and rides for kids, cultural dance (3pm), live music (5-7pm). https://bit.ly/3xSD7ph
▪ O’Fallon Metro-East NAACP Branch Juneteenth Celebration – 1:2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. There will be a guest speaker, book reading, book gifts, storytelling and refreshments.
▪ Celebrate Juneteenth with a performance of Saint Louis Story Stitchers – 2:30-3 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Old North St. Louis, 1307 Montgomery, St. Louis. St. Louis Stitchers Young Artists will deliver messages about public health and safety – promoting confidence in the vaccine and encouraging their peers to take the lead in preventing gun violence. storystitchers.org
▪ Juneteenth “Free-Dome” Celebration – 1-7 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Exposition Park – St. Louis, North Grand and Natural Bridge, St. Louis. A family oriented one day event that celebrates the rich heritage, history and culture of people of African descent. We will come together to show that we are united and to celebrate our unity with diverse people throughout the city of St. Louis. saintlaaafab.com
▪ Free Juneteenth Tribute Party – 2pm on Sunday, June 19. Great Missionary Baptist Church of Mount Carmel, 1617 N. Musicians and singers of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from SLSO’s IN UNISON Chorus and IN UNISON Scholars Program will perform works by black artists including Margaret Bonds, Florence Price and more, as well as spirituals and hymns of expression Black American musician. During the cooperative program, Reverend Nance and leadership from Great Mount Carmel will teach about the importance of Juneteenth, a federal day commemorating the liberation of enslaved black Americans. No tickets or answering invitations are required.
▪ Robert Nelson: A Song for My Father – Celebrating Father and Greece’s Tenth Birthday – 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Blue Strawberry, 364 in. Boyle, St. Louis. An in-depth and daring celebration of American music that reveals and celebrates musically the paternal and male voices in music. This Latin Jazz, Soul, and Groove party not only celebrates the art of man and johnnyth’s pride, but also cork in a passionate celebration of love and life. Tickets start at $20. bluestrawberrystl.com
This story was originally published June 16, 2022 6:00 am.