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Springfield The Springfield, IL. Juneteenth Celebration is a two day event held every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of June. The celebration is held at Comer Cox Park. The times each day are 11:oo am to 8:00 pm. Activities include the annual kick-off parade down M.L.King Drive. Activities include the Marla Jean Hunter Memorial Basketball tournament,Double dutch contest and tennis clinic. Stage events include live Gospel and R&B performances, as well as praise dancers, Kareoke, and open stage. This year(2003) will be our 10th anniversary.
Chicago
  • Juneteenth Celebration
    Saturday, June 14, 2003, 1:00 pm to 4:00pm
    Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halstead, Chicago, IL
    Keynote speaker: Tony Burroughs "Out of the Mouths of Slaves"
    Progran Highlights:  Libation, spirituals, "The Story of Juneteenth", Memorial Ceremony. Attire: Period costume (optional)

  • 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration Presented by:  Blacks in Unity
    Friday, June 20, 2003, 7:00 pm to 9:30pm
    Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome, Chicago, IL
    (Near Ridge & Devon Avenue on Chicago's North Side.)
    An evening of celebration featuring slave narratives, song, spoken word, food, and vendors. This year, our event is being held in our beautiful gazebo garden under the stars.  Bring a picnic blanket to watch the performance and enjoy your meal. Meal is included in ticket cost.  (Please call if vegetarian meal required.) Suggested Donation: $10.  Tickets may be purchased at the church or at the gate on the date of the celebration. For info & directions please call:  773-973-0007
  • Chicago Children's Museum
    700 E. Grand Avenue @ Navy Pier

    JUNETEENTH: The Musical
    June 18, 19 & 20 @ 10:30am

    Children and adults alike will enjoy this interactive lesson about an important U.S. history lesson -- join in a sing-a-long that celebrates a uniquely American holiday.
  • The Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore (CIESS) presents its 8th Juneteenth Celebration.  The celebration begins with a parade that begins on 79th and Stoney Island at 10:00 a.m.  The parade ends at Rainbow Beach Park, where there are a host of festivities.  There are two concert stages with singers, poets, singers, bands, and more.  There are vendors who will give away free items and those that sell items.   At the end of the day, there will be a fireworks show. For more information call (773) 684-6070.
  • Old Town School of Folk Music presents
    4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration featuring

    JUNETEENTH CONCERT
    Malachi Thompson's Africa Brass featuring Dee Alexander And Maggie Brown's LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music, Saturday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.   
    $20, $18 Old Town School Members, $16, Senior an Kids Show your ticket stub from this evening's concert and get in for FREE for Sunday's Juneteenth Day of Family Events

    JUNETEENTH - A DAY OF FAMILY EVENTS
    Sunday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m., $10, $8 Old Town School Members, $5 ; Seniors and Kids  Show your ticket stub from Saturday's concert and get in for FREE for today's Family Events
    Music * Dance * Theater * Workshops * Food *  African Marketplace
    plus  5:00 p.m. Intergenerational African Dance Workshop by
    Muntu Dance Theater
    6:45 p.m.: Theatrical Production: "A Few Of My Sisters"
    by The Chocolate Chips Theatre Company
    7:30 p.m.:Caribbean Dance Performance by The West
    Indian Folk Dance Company
    8:15 p.m.: Blues Performance by Toronzo Cannon and
    the Cannonball Express
  • "Juneteenth" Saturday, June 21, 2003
    "Trails to the Past" Celebrating the Accomplishments of the Youth, Elders and the Ancesters. Swift's Underground Railroad builds on the historical events leading to the freeing of the slaves and the 138 years to the present.  The archival project takes us through ages in African American history, the Agriculture, Industrial, and Information Age.

    Race To Knowledge, Inc conducts the core project with youth residing in the Bronzeville Community located on the South side of Chicago.  The budding youth scholars spearhead historical research connecting curriculum ideas by creating artistic expressions.   Information gathered will then be used to create a virtual and interpretive tour back to slavery, a span of over some 200 years housed at the "Swift Underground Railroad Museum located in Bronzeville."

    The culminating works makes available new and enhanced resources -- including publications, archives, historical markers and public history programming through the "Swift's Underground Railroad" Museum.

    This year we honor the work of community residents who help save the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, which was built by Julius Rosenwald in 1929 at the request of Booker T. Washington.  So please come out and celebrate with us.

    Juneteenth Celebration
    Saturday, June 21, 2003
    12Noon - 6:00P.M.
    Swift Mansion Ballroom
    4500 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois

    Entertainment & Food will be served - Free Admission

    For additional information call (773) 285-2852 or email artzonebj@yahoo.com

    JUNETEENTH CHICAGO, NFP
    presents its First Annual Juneteenth Festival and Walk-a-Thon                               
    June 19th - 22nd, 2003                                               
    9:00am-9:30pm
    in Garfield Park near Madison and Central Park
    It's a Family Affair !!

    Free admission to festival!!

    Featuring music, live entertainment, food, vendors, carnival, family reunions, sports, libation ceremonies and more. Also visit the Garfield Park Conservatory to see the Chapunga: Custom and Legend, A Culture of Stone from Zimbabwe.  The conservatory is located at 300 N. Central Park. Admission is Free.

    At 8:00am on Saturday, June 21st at Columbus Park (Jackson and Central Ave) and Douglas Park (Sarcamento and Roosevelt), our 5K walk-a-thon will begin. Walkers from both locations will meet simultaneously in Garfield Park.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION  CALL 773-580-9384  OR  773-662-3715
    Check out the Juneteenth Chicago, NFP website at:                        myvillage4.tripod.com/juneteenthchicagonfp/

Aurora Events With Elegance a member of the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage will sponsor it's 2nd Juneteenth Dinner Dance at six o'clock in the evening on Saturday, June 21, 2003, at the Hyatt Hotel located in Lisle, IL. The Event will also consist of a Speaker and Live Entertainment. African American entrepreneurs will have a chance to display and sell their products to promote their business to other African American consumers. For more information or updates, please send an e-mail to: eventswithelegance@msn.com
East St. Louis Afr-Caribe Juneteenth Festival to held June 21  at Frank Holten Park. a celebration of life, freedom and unity. There will be food and merchandise vendors, music, bands, clowns, contest,various informational organizations, activities from storytelling, to face painting for the children. 
Galesburg The second annual Knox County Juneteenth Celebration will be held on June 14th. Opening ceremonies at Burssie Williams Park, across from Carl Sandburg College. All other events at Carl Sandburg College: Health & Information Fair, Juneteenth Marketplace, rib cook-off, basketball classic, domino tournament, musical showcase, motivational speaker Duane West from the Maury Show. All events are free except for the rib cook-off.
Decatur "Celebrating 10 Years" Juneteenth Family Festival being held in Decatur Illinois at Fairview Park on June 20, 2003 at 6:00 pm to 9:00pm and on June 21, 2003 starting at 11:00 with a parade in downtown Decatur that will lead to Fairview Park with a program that starts at 12:00 pm to 9:00pm. We will feature a Gospel Fest, Mime,African Dancers,Baseball Competition,Black History Bingo,Poetry and much more!!! There also will be exhibits, food and non-food vendors. Come and join us in this celebration. Booth spaces still available. For more information, please call: (217) 429-7458 or email us at: aacgs@springnet1.com
Carbondale Friday, June 13th  6:00 p.m. Celebration begins at Rock Hill Missionary Church (Corner of Marion & Monroe)  Walk to Woodlawn Cemetery-Laying of Wreaths on mass grave of slaves and Civil War Soilder.  Return to Rock Hill Church there will be Gospel groups. Keynote Speaker Mel Reid, Washington, D.C. a member of the Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B-Alexandria, VA.

Saturday, June 14th 10:00 til 5:00 p.m. Attucks Park, Wall St. Carbondale, IL.  The celebration continues with activities in the park, including special entertainment   children's games, food, special exhibits and a fashion show!

Please come and enjoy the day as we promote & cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American History and Culture
Belleville Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, 14 Jun 03 from 12-8 p.m. at Hough Park located on 3rd & C streets in Belleville, IL 62220.  It is open to all of the surrounding communities at No Charge.  We will have card tournaments, trivia contests, children story teller, face painting, open-mic poetry, volleyball, horseshoes, and a variety of vendors  selling their novel merchandise.  We will also announce our essay winners on "Why Juneteenth?".  Essays must be submitted NLT 11 June 2003.   Please call Knea Earland, Event Coordinator, at 618-514-0590 for more information.
Peoria We will have a gathering at Logan Recreational Center, 1414 Livington, Peoria, Illinois 61605, IT'S JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION, "jammin for health"
Th focus is providing education and prevention about the disease in the Black community with the focus on HIV/AIDS.It is being sponsored by the Minority AIDS Awareness Council, Peoria City/ County Health dept., Heart of Illinois HIV/AIDS Clinic, YWCA COMMUNITY OUTREACH. This is our third year hosting this event, we will have several agencies present to give out information and free give-a-ways. FREE FOOD FOR EVERYONE.Th event is from 11:00am. until 6:00pm.Last year we have over 800 people in attendance.
Evanston The Coalition for African American Equity (CAAE) is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 21st, 6:00-8:00 PM, at First Church of God Christian Life Center, 1524 Simpson Street, Evanston, Illinois.

The celebration features African drums, libation, poetry by M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, a dramatic reading and dance interpretation performed by “Sisters of  Afro Spirits” Althea Frazier Teamer and Lucia Luckett-Kelly, musical performance by Latrice Gibson and Matthew Hunter, and ETHS students reading from the “Slave Narratives”.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. William A. Sampson, Author and Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago.

Complimenting our fabulous presenters is an African bazaar that will feature books, African artifacts, jewelry, arts, clothing and batiks and an exhibit from Dino Robinson, primary historian of the African-American community in Evanston and the North Shore. The event is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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