Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration
This day-long, free, fun and educational event celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the word of emancipation finally coming to a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, more than two and one-half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
Guest speakers will include Mark Fancher, Racial Justice Project Staff Attorney, and Smart Justice Organizer Rick Speck, both from the ACLU of Michigan. The music will be headlined by Alvin Waddles and Friends. A wide variety of activities that emphasize education and achievement will run until 6 p.m.
Opportunities for students include an essay contest for high school seniors and an oratory scholarship contest that will take place at 3 p.m.
The Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration will honor the memory of Rev. John H. Burns II, founder and former pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Farmington Hills. Rev. Burns died unexpectedly in May.
For more information, including sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Boleware at 248-924-4634 or co-chair Mabel Fox at 248-250-4221. You can also learn more on Facebook.