Saturday, June 19th – Juneteenth 2021 Free Community Event Calendar | Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Meyer Amphitheatre | West Palm Beach
The second-annual Declaration Juneteenth Solidarity will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Juneteenth, and will feature a history presentation by the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, an award to the best 8th-grade essayist by the School District of PBC, speeches by area civic and spiritual leaders–plus live music, vendors and fun! To learn more about the event and the very dynamic groups behind it, click here.
Heart & Soul Park | Historic Northwest District
Heart & Soul Park Ribbon-Cutting and Community Event will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 AM (with a special intro beginning at 10:50 AM) with the community event continuing throughout the day. The community event will include various info booths from the CRA and city departments as well as contractors for current redevelopment projects and community organizations, live music, food, family-friendly activities, and special Juneteenth performances.
Included is the link to the Eventbrite page for the event – please feel free to RSVP so that we may get an estimate of attendance: https://heartsoulparkribboncutting.eventbrite.com
Location address: 825 N Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach
Marina Village | Riviera Beach
This event, from 1 to 8 p.m., is also on June 19 and “seeks to commemorate our past and be inspired by the future.” That’s according to the main sponsor, Juneteenth of PBC, which formed in 2020 to celebrate the peoples of the African diaspora. There will be music, food, games–with most provided by black-owned businesses. For more information on the event and the year-round organization, click here.
Redteenth in Wellington
That term refers to the melding of World Sickle Cell Day and Juneteenth into one event. Together. On the big day. And it’s free and open to the public. The nonprofit Sickle Cell Foundation of PBC & Treasure Coast is hosting the event, which will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at the open-air Village of Wellington Amphitheater. The point: to raise awareness and support for those affected by Sickle Cell Anemia, which primarily affects the peoples of the African diaspora. Venders and sponsors can still sign up. Interested? Click here. To do the required signup to attend, click here and register. There’ll be lots happening–live music, art performances, a fashion show–and more information about Sickle Cell Anemia.
‘A True Blues Singer’ Performs in Delray Beach
In another recognition of Juneteenth, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum brings back vocalist Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen to perform a full-length concert from 8 to 10 p.m. on the big day, June 19, at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. The North Carolina-based entertainer had last performed here in 2017 at the Spady Living Heritage Festival. “When Mother Blues visited us the first time, we fell in love with her energy and personality on the stage,” said Spady Museum Director Charlene Farrington. “She is a true blues singer.” The founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, a nonprofit that promotes female musicians worldwide, Dr. Joan Cartwright, will also be at the event. To learn more and to pay fees associated with attending either virtually or in person, click here. And to visit Spady, click here.
Men of Excellence| Virtual Awards Ceremony
The WPB chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting the annual Men of Excellence Awards. The event happens on June 13, and these men definitely deserve the recognition–especially attorney Grasford Smith, who is the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce of PBC, and, of course, Jervonte Edmonds, the young, hardworking founder of the nonprofit Suits For Seniors. The event will be held virtually and costs $40 per ticket. Learn more here, including sponsorship opportunities.
Fourth Friday on 4th Street
Fourth Friday on 4th Street: A Rosemary Rhythm Affair is a celebration of all things Northwest neighborhood in WPB: the businesses, the nonprofits, the artists, the residents. And it’s all thanks, in part, to the team at CitySide Suites co-work office space, which has been working with the City of WPB to ensure that the neighborhood remains–and thrives. So, every last Friday of the month, the free event features live music, local artists, local vendors, local business people–and lots of fun! All with the local community in mind. Next up: June 25 and July 30, both from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on 4th Street at Rosemary Avenue, which is just north of the newly named Rosemary Square. For more information, click here. And to learn more about Cityside Suites, click here.
Black Wall Street in Oklahoma–and how Palm Beach County playwright represents
Greenwood, the Tulsa, Okla., community that came to be known as Black Wall Street, was torched by an angry white mob on May 31, 1921, killing more than 300 people and destroying dozens of black-owned businesses—hotels, stores, schools—there. Why? Allegedly, a young black man harassed a young white woman in an elevator. Here, locally, Hallie Balbuena, a trained thespian who lives in West Palm Beach (WPB), wrote a stage play in 2017 on the matter–and it has sold out nearly every one of the 13 times it has come to a stage since. “Their story is our story,” she said, “that’s why I wrote the play: we need to understand and value our black lives—and not just when it comes to the police.” To learn more about her continuing project, watch one local media interview with her here, visit her social media page here or send an email here. And to learn more about the 100-year-old incident itself, click here.
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