Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day, a day long celebrated as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day. This day, now a national holiday, honors the end of slavery in the United States.
Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth in Roxbury. All are welcome to this free event on Saturday, June 10th as the Roxbury Library hosts its first Juneteenth Celebration!
- Opening remarks by Rev. Dr. Williams
- African drumming with Kofi Donkor
- Song [Lift Every Voice and Sing]
- Step performance with Unity Steppers
- Crafts * Refreshments * Family Fun
Kofi Donkor Rev. Dr. Sydney Williams, Jr. Unity Steppers Dance & Drill Team
About Kofi Donkor: Maxwell Kofi Donkor is an internationally recognized artist and master cultural educator who is most known for his performances and teaching in African Drumming and Dance. For many decades, he has focused on building communities through the arts – teaching students of every age about the authentic histories and cultural celebrations which are still observed to this day. A native of Ghana, Africa, Kofi learned drumming at the knee of his grandfather, a master drummer, as well as learning traditional dances. Kofi also makes drums other traditional instruments of Ghana and teaches the arts of relief sculpture, Adinkra symbolism, mask-making, and more. https://everhart-museum.org/artwork/maxwell-kofi-donkor/
About Pastor Sidney Williams: Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr. is an independent director, social impact investment advisor, and practical theologian, with more than 30+ years of experience in corporate and community development. From Wall Street to Martin Luther King Avenue, he has made a continuous effort of identifying where theological and marketplace frameworks interact — and more significantly, where they should interact. He has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa, and the USA, trained pastors and church planters on three continents, holds two master's degrees and a doctorate in ministry, and has written dozens of articles and two books - Morning Meditations:100 Days to Believing You’re Successful and Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace. http://www.sidneywilliams.org/ https://www.bethelmorristown.org/our-pastor
About Unity Steppers Dance & Drill Team: This program of Cornerstone Family Programs and Morristown Neighborhood House is open to boys and girls in grades K through 12. The group meets twice a week and is divided into Junior Varsity and Varsity based on age and skill. The Unity Steppers Dance & Drill Team performs at all Morristown Neighborhood House "Morristown Magic" basketball home games during halftime and local community events. https://cornerstonefamilyprograms.org/course/dance-programs/
Park in the Franklin or Lincoln Roosevelt School lots or park in the Roxbury Library back lot and walk through the cemetery to the Outdoor Pavilion (a/k/a Meeker Street Pavilion). Event is rain or shine.
Sponsored by Roxbury Public Library, Common Grounds programming and in partnership with the Roxbury School District’s Inclusivity Committee.
Register online or by calling the Library at (973) 584-2400.