Digital Evanston Juneteenth Celebration
- Date: 06/19/2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Juneteenth, also referred to as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. and is observed every year on June 19. This year, on Fri., June 19, there will be a Digital Evanston Juneteenth Celebration hosted by Kemone Hendricks, Founder and President of Evanston Present and Future.
The Evanston Juneteenth Celebration will feature music and dance performances from local youth, presentations by Shorefront Legacy Center founder Dino Robinson, remarks from Ald. Robin Rue Simmons who is preparing a Juneteenth Proclamation for Evanston in honor of Hecky Powell's wish expressed at last year's Juneteenth celebration, remarks from Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, a special guest interview with Opal Lee - the 93-year-old social activist from Fort Worth, Texas who is traveling the country to gain support for making Juneteenth a national holiday, and much more. Tim Rhoze, artistic director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, will also present a community play reading the following day.