LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. In honor of the observance, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will host a free street festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21.
In addition to the outdoor festival, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, AETN and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will present a free preview screening of American Experience: Freedom Summer by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Freedom Summer tells the stirring, inspirational story of 10 weeks during the summer of 1964. The screening will take place in MTCC’s third-floor auditorium and is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Click here to register online.
The museum will also have a special exhibit on display, Arkansas African-American Legislators from 1868 to 1893, provided by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission.
MTCC’s Juneteenth celebration will also feature children’s activities, food vendors and live entertainment, including gospel, blues, R&B/soul and spoken word performances by:
- Ricky Howard
- Foreign Tongues
- Razrs and Bandaids
Artists United presents Dojoworld Entertainment:
- Butterfly feat. Irie Soul
- Big John Miller Band
- Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe
- National recording artists, Ethan Kent and Uncle Reece.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is located at 501 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock.
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