A Juneteenth weekend
Last weekend the community had a grand ol’ time at Jackie Robinson Park during the annual Juneteenth celebration. Beginning on Friday evening, children enjoyed laughs, crafts, and other fun activities in the park. On Saturday, the most jam packed day, of the three-day festival, with hundreds of people entertained and educated about African history and the importance of commemorating Juneteenth. Audience members grooved to the classic sounds of the Chi-Lites; jazz favorites from the Groove Committee; as well as a dose of Hip Hop in the later hours of the day.
The entertainment, coordinated by Sun Village resident James Brooks, did not disappoint. There was also an educational element, in addition to the entertainment. African history scholar member Jamaal Brown wowed the crowd with his historical nuggets. From the origins of the celebration to the influence of Black women, he covered it all. Gospel along with spoken word pieces filled the air all Sunday, to end an event-filled weekend. Oh, not to mention the obvious Laker pride in the atmosphere.
In commemoration of World Sickle Cell Day, the African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness (African Americans for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, or AA4SCDA) is holding an event at the Vermont Square United Methodist Church on Sunday.
The celebration will include Father’s Day speakers on the subject of “A Father’s Love: Journey From Sickle Cell to Marrow Transplant for My Child” and shared perspectives on family members diagnosed with sickle cell.
Juneteenth Celebration. Open to all ages, this Juneteenth celebration will include live entertainment, local talent, antique cars, games and prizes from 12-5pm at Mills Park 1340 E. Dimondale Drive, Carson. Free. For information, contact Councilmember Lula Davis-Holmes at (310) 629-9158.
“Sheenway Sankofa,” a newly created mural by artist Charles Freeman, was unveiled last Saturday at Sheen Educational Center at Heritage College-Ready Academy High School at 10101 S. Broadway St. in Los Angeles.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters played host during the event, which also featured Zadonu, the West African Cultural Drum and Dance Ensemble, a “Juneteenth” dedication, youthful singers, a special appearance by Jennifer Lee Pryor (representing mural honoree Richard Pryor), jazz violinist Lili Haydn, and more.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—A free family day at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) this Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm, offers visitors an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day in an enriching setting, thanks to the generosity of Lennar Urban.
“Lennar Urban is excited to support a fun and community-building event like Free Family Day. We’re proud to partner with such a national leader like the Museum of the African Diaspora in honor of Juneteenth and Father’s Day,” said Kofi Bonner, regional vice president of Lennar Urban.
Tony Hicks, founder of the Black Parent Union, is an educational consultant specializing in parent and community involvement, who has worked in the public schools for more than 24 years. He has worked in the classroom, serving on councils/committees, coordinating the activities of parent liaisons, conducting workshops, training staff, hosting a cable television show, and leading instructional audits.