On Saturday, June 18th, the City of Harrisburg will host a celebration of Juneteenth, to commemorate 157 years since the slavery of African-Americans ended in the United States. Join us outside the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center, at 10 N. 2nd Street, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to mark the momentous occasion with live music, food trucks, artisan vendors, and performance theater.
Juneteenth Celebration Event Schedule
WELCOME (9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
UPMC Central PA, Missions Effectiveness
UPMC Pinnacle Foundation
Capital Blue Cross
CLASSES & SPEAKERS (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
9:30-10:15 – Line dancing w/ Kristal Turner-Childs
10:20-10:30 – Food & Nutritional Speakers
10:30-11:15 – African Dance w/ Lark Daniels
11:20-11:30 – Planet Fitness Remarks
11:35-11:45 – Static Stretching
11:45-11:55 – Men’s Health Remarks
PERFORMANCES (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
12:00-12:20 – Opening Remarks by Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams, County Commissioners, and State Representative Sue Helm
12:30-1:30 – PA Past Players
1:30-2:15 – FAME Youth Jazz Ensemble
2:50-3:00 – LOE Badgett
3:00-3:15 – Spoken word
3:30-4:30 – Singer’s Lounge (Spirituals and R&B)
4:45-5:00 – Closing Announcements
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.