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June 11-12

This is our 3rd annual Juneteenth Festival
    Prior to the opening of the Juneteenth Celebration, on May 15, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.,the Noxubee County African American Historical Museum and Juneteenth Planning Committee will be hosting it's  first annual Alberta K. Smith Scholarship Pageant and Hair Show. Ten young men and women, 5th-8th and 9th-12th will compete for (4) $1000 college scholarship. 10 licensed barbers and beautician will compete for (2) $300.00 cash prizes. Our theme this year is "Celebrating Blackness." On Friday morning, June 11, 2004 we will open with the "the Black Pride Parade" with all politicians, churches, businesses, organizations and social groups participating. The celebration continues with "The Celebration of Black Families" at the Cedar Creek Park. There will be a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Church Softball Tournament, Pool Party, Car and Bike Show, and a Battle  of the D. J.'s/ Admission is free to the general public. On Saturday, June 12, 2004, "The Celebration of Black Art" and Juneteenth Festival will be held on the grounds of the Noxubee County African American Historical Museum at the corner of Highway 14 and North Street. There will be every display of black art forms such as dance, spoken word, poetry, painting, plays, crafts, stepping and music including live recording artists for entertainment. Admission is free to the general public. For More information call Lavetta Hatcher 662.726.1682 or Levi Hatcher at 662.726.5485. Last year we had a packed ground with over 350 in attendance even with a downpour during the early hours and during the late evening hours.


June 18-20

This year's Juneteenth Freedom Festival has grown to 3 days! A rap concert on Friday @ club Trendz 7 pm, Blues & R&B at Ballard Park on Sat at 12 noon and Gospel on Sunday at 3pm. Also step teams, drill teams, comedians and games for adults & kids! The events in the park are free!

June 19

All Gemini/Juneteenth Celebration
Honoring Don "DC" Cheatham of
Radio Station WJZD/94.5 and Mae Davis
at The Boiler Room on 30th Avenue & 19th Street Gulfport, MS. Complimentary Buffet at 8PM Free Admission until 9PM w/invite Gen. Adm.$5.00 Attire: Casual No Hats to the back and tennis shoes.  DJ: The best of Party Blues and Oldies. "If you aint grown be gone"


June 17-20

This year will mark the tenth year that "Juneteenth" is celebrated in Natchez, Ms and it is expected to attract hundreds throughout the Miss-Lou region, as well as Tennesee, Alabama,and Texas.  The goals of the celebration are to raise awareness of the cultural wealth of the region and to purchase historical markers for significant African-American sites and events. St. Johns Methodist Church will be this year's  marker.
 The 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration  will be held on June 17th-20th, 2004 in Natchez ,Ms and will host several important events.
  On June 17th  at 6:30 - Unveiling and dedication of the Rythm Night Club Fire Marker located on  St. Catherine St. and Martin Luther King Jr. St. On June 18th at 7:00 - The Juneteenth Committee will present "A Dazzlin Summer" Fashion Show, followed by a "Taste of Soul" (soul food prepared by local chefs). This event will take place at  The Natchez Convention Center on Main Street. Donations for this event will be $10.00. Tickets May be purchased at The Natchez Convention Center.  On June 19th the activities will begin at 10:30am - There will be a Libation  Ceremony and Memorial Walk beginning at  the "Forks of the Road" enslavement market site , which is at the intersection of D'Evereaux Drive, St. Catherine Street, and Liberty Road. The walk will end at Melrose National Historical Park,1 Melrose Avenue. The Family Fun Day will be held at Melrose from 12:00 noon until 7:00pm. This year will feature children activities, house tours, and Gospel Choirs from the Miss- Lou area. R&B Entertainment will feature a number of local acts and closed out by "Groove Line " featuring Lajaun Love .
For more information on these events, call Royal Hill, Jr.,(601) 445-8878/442-4865, James West,(601)445-9781,Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau 1-800-647-6724 or e-mail rhill02@cableone.net.

June 11-12

There will be seven girls expected to compete
in this pageant. We will let them model 3
attires: business, formal, and African. They will also perform a talent and give an onstage
interview The parade will be held on June 12, 2004 to honor those who participated in the pageant

June 18

A Ray of Hope Preschool, June 18, 2004.Time of Event is 9:00 am until.
Activities will include games, fish fry, history of Juneteenth and video of slavery. We will be teaching the children of our future the importance of learning their history. The importance of looking back and moving forward.


















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