Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hargraves Community Center

Thanks to everyone that attended the 2022 celebration! View photos from the event here.

Celebrate Black Community & Culture


A coalition of local organizations invites you to be a part of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration! Celebrate Black community and culture with live performances, Black-owned small business and non-profit expos, kids activities, food trucks, and more.

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro proclaimed the observance and commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19, 2020 and encourage residents and employers to recognize the holiday.

About The Event

Featuring performances from:

CJ Suitt

Performance time: 2:00 PM

CJ Suitt (he/him/they/them) is a performance poet, arts educator, and community organizer from Chapel Hill, N.C., whose work is rooted in storytelling and social justice. Suitt was appointed as the Town of Chapel Hill’s first poet laureate in 2019.

Gospel Winds

Performance time: 2:15-2:45 PM

Gospel group from Chapel Hill


Performance time: 3:00-3:40 PM

Finesse consists of a group of talented musicians who have been performing over a span of twenty years in the triangle area and beyond.  Our goal is to touch and inspire hearts and souls throughout our communities as music has done for generations around the world.

Mickey Mills & Steel

With Zion Project

Performance time: 4:00-4:40 PM

Zion Project  was formed in the year 2010 as a praise team at Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love Church in Chapel Hill. The members are Malika Mills (lead singer), Cheryl Long (back up singer), and Dianne George (back up singer). We the sister’s of Zion are apart of Mickey Mills and Steel. Were excited to give thanks and praise in our unique style of Caribbean Soul, and uplifting message in song.


Performance time: 5:00-5:40 PM

Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey is a National Recording Artist, Writer, Actor, and Educator based in the North Carolina Triangle Area. Rowdy has been featured on BET, NPR, PBS Kids, and has given a TEDX talk on the importance of Hip Hop Culture. Rowsey is a U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador through the U.S. Department of State and the Next Level Hip Hop Program. Rowdy hopes spread southern hip hop at a national and international level through performance, writing and educational workshops inspiring the culture through the craft.

Fred Joiner

Performance time: 5:50 PM

Fred Joiner is a poet and curator based in Chapel Hill, NC. He is 2019  Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and the current Poet Laureate for the Town of Carrboro.  

Bouncing Bulldogs

Inside the gym
Performance time: 4:00-6:00 PM

The Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team is comprised of 160 boys and girls from the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area of North Carolina, ranging in age from 5 to 26. Their innovative jumping style includes fancy footwork, flips, and other acrobatic skills with ropes of various lengths.

Getting Here

The event will be held at Hargraves Community Center located at 216 N Roberson Street in Chapel Hill:

  • Limited parking is available on-site in the lower pool lot.
  • Accessible parking is available in the lot in front of the basketball courts.
  • Northside Elementary will be available for event parking.
  • Plenty of parking is also available on the street and in public lots downtown — and it’s free on Sundays. Visit for more information.

Consider biking or taking Chapel Hill Transit to the event. Plenty of routes run downtown which is a short walk away or hop on the A route for more direct service to Hargraves.

Ackland Juneteenth Celebration

Join the Ackland for several activities to celebrate Juneteenth and wrap up the exhibition Modern Black Culture: The Art of Aaron Douglas.

More About The Exhibit

Made possible by a coalition of local partners