Washington Park will be the center of a community event filled with a variety of family-friendly entertainment, delicious food and the opportunity to learn more about the past and celebrate the future. The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is proud to announce the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration taking place this month.
Juneteenth is a celebration that symbolizes the end of slavery and for many African-Americans, it has taken on what the Fourth of July means for all Americans: Freedom. It is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed on June 19th nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
This event will be filled with performances taking place throughout the day! Stage entertainment includes performances by Out of the Box Jazz Band, East Coast Playaz, local gospel choirs, poetry readings, a Sgt. Henry Johnson memorial program and a variety of children’s performers on the Kids Stage.
In addition to live entertainment, there will also be an array of family friendly activities. This includes a chess tournament, a community discussion, a history themed treasure hunt and an energetic Zumba class.