Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African slaves throughout the Confederate South on June 19. The word Juneteenth derives from a combination of “June” and “nineteenth. The Juneteenth event is a free outdoor event for the public presented by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA).
This Juneteenth celebration features headliner Step Afrika! This electrifying dance company from Washington, DC promotes an appreciation for stepping as a contemporary dance genre and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. Juneteenth also features live entertainment from Unity in the Community Choir, MLK Male Chorus, Mrs. Jean English from Harlem Heights, spoken word by Ms. Crystal Good & Mrs. Janet Williams, Live DJ Woody Woods from 98.7 the Beat, and much more.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsors: Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, 98.7 The Beat, BrickStreet Insurance, Bureau of Senior Services, City of Charleston, CORE, KISRA, Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University
Location: Haddad Riverfront Park, 600 Kanawha Blvd.