Juneteenth celebration Saturday in Durham
The 10th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will take place Saturday on E. Main Street between Roxboro and Dillard Streets, by the new Health and Human Services Building from 1 to 10 p.m.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. Often cited as the African American Independence Day, the celebration of Juneteenth originates from Galveston, Texas, where on June 19, 1865, the word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved. North Carolina was the 26th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or a state holiday observance.
The free event kicks off with an opening ceremony that includes songs, prayer, pouring of the libation and presentations on the origin and significance of Juneteenth. Hosting the Juneteenth Celebration is comedian Grave Digger (ComicView and BET).
Entertainment will include hip hop artist Chubb Rock, and R&B artist and NCCU grad Sunshine Anderson, R&B artist Sybil and the Sensational Nightingales. Local performers James “JB” Brown (jazz saxophonist), King Ayoola (reggae), Cayenne, The Lion King (reggae), Lenny MoJo One-Man Band (blues) and Gerald Goodwin (country/comedy) also will perform.
The keynote speaker is NC NAACP HKonJ coordinator the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, who will be talking about “Modern-Day Forms of Bondage.” Rounding out the stage performances are a variety of acts (spoken word, hip hop, etc.) presented by Next Level Veterans.
The event will will include food, merchandise, exhibits, a health fair, activities for children and more. It is presented by PNC and sponsors are Hendrick Durham Auto Mall, Southern Durham Development Inc., Duke Energy, City of Durham, Durham County Government, Radio One Raleigh, WNCU 90.7, and Y-Rag Entertainment. Organizers are NC State Juneteenth Director and Spectacular Magazine Publisher Phyllis Coley and Festival Director and Spectacular Magazine COO Gary Jones. For information, visit www.spectacularmag.com or call 919-680-0465.