Annual Juneteenth Festival
On Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m., Rochester is invited to MLK Park to celebrate the annual Juneteenth Family Festival.
The oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, the festival is presented by the Greater Rochester MLK jr. Commission and Black Excellence, this year’s theme, Black Excellence.
There will be entertainment, vendors, food, bounce houses, awards and special presentations, book giveaway, and health and fitness. Rise Up Rochester was also part of the planning of this event.
A special presentation will be made to Dr. David Anderson. Anderson is a founding member of the Black Storytelling League of Rochester and Akwaaba: The Heritage Associates, an organization whose members share and re-enact African- American history. Gospel headliner Bishop William Murphy and other acts will also be featured.
2nd Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk
The 2nd Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk” will take place on Tue-June 19. Registration will be held at 5 p.m. and the event will start at 6 p.m. from Genesee Valley Park, River Bend Shelter. The entrance fee is $25. This is a 5k run/walk event set in the beautiful Genesee Valley Park to celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of Slavery in the USA. It will be 154 years since General Gordon Granger rode to Texas with 2000 Union Solders to enforce the Freedom of enslaved Africans still held in bondage. The Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk benefits Teen Empowerment (TE), which is a neighborhood based youth organization. It enables low-income youth in the South West of Rochester to take meaningful action to improve their lives and communities. The overall mission of TE, is to empower youth and young adults as agents of individual, community and institutional change. For more information, please contact the Race Director: Gloria Johnson- Hovey-585-775-5599 or email: Glohovey@aol.com