I encourage all Madison area residents to join in the upcoming Juneteenth Celebration this weekend. Although the original Juneteenth was celebrated in Texas 150 years ago, the Madison tradition began here in the early 1990's. Annie Weatherby-Flowers, a dedicated City of Madison employee has been one of the organizers for many years.
The 150th anniversary will be observed on Friday, June 19 with a Prayer Celebration at Fountain of Life Church from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday the 20th will mark a full day of fun and educational events. There will be a parade that kicks off from the Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island at 11:00 a.m. The parade will make its way to Olin-Turville Park where a full day of activities is planned. There will be greetings from elders of the African American community as well as those from our African community. There will be educational activities for adults and children on Black History as well as sessions on economic development, health and wellness, plenty of music, dance and of course delicious food.
For a full schedule of the day please check the Juneteenth website. Juneteenth is the one event that is totally dedicated to the African American experience here in Madison and across the nation. I encourage you to join the celebration.