A coalition of local organizations invites the community to be a part of the second annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration. The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Attendees can expect live performances by local Black artists, a Black-owned small business fair, 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.
Planning for the event is led by representatives from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and NAACP Youth Council, the Marion Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Office of Equity and Engagement, the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA), and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Kendall Lytle, a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council, is involved in planning the event this year. “I’m so excited for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to be introduced to a multitude of Black-owned businesses in food vendors throughout the area,” Ms. Lytle said. “The movement to #BuyBlack has always been so important to me, so the opportunity to promote these Black-owned businesses is an honor.”
Here’s a peek at what to expect:
The main stage will feature a variety of local musical acts, including the Gospel Winds, the R&B ensemble Souls of Joy, hip-hop performer Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey, and steel drummer, Mickey Mills & Steel. Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt and Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner will also perform on this stage.
Small Business Fair, Non-Profit Expo, & Local Food
Local Black-owned businesses and organizations will be highlighted throughout the event. Small business vendors will sell handcrafted goods and wares inside the center, while non-profits and community groups will engage eventgoers outside. Local Black-owned restaurants and food trucks will serve a variety of foods and special menu items.
The celebration will feature an entire zone dedicated to our youth with arts, books, crafts, games, and more. Head inside to the Hargraves gym for a basketball skills clinic and a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team.
Different exhibits will be on display for attendees to learn about local Black history and discover local Black culture.