​Juneteenth

​Juneteenth

  • Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

    Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

    As part of the local Juneteenth celebration, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts a day long event featuring activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. The 2016 Juneteenth Celebration boasted over 2,000 attendees from across the state, with over 50 participating vendors, performers, and sponsors. We invite businesses and organizations to join in this celebration with us by securing a vendor booth or purchasing sponsorship in this year's event.

    Juneteenth 2017 is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on June 17 and promises to be our biggest and best yet! 

    INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR OR VENDOR?

    We are still accepting vendor applications! Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the celebration!

    Organizations or individuals who would like to contribute to the event as a sponsor or as an event vendor must return the completed form and payment by mail or in person to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. For more information, contact Brian Rodgers at 501-683-3636 or email [email protected]

    Juneteenth Sponsor Packet Juneteenth Sponsor Packet (891 KB)

    Juneteenth Vendor Packet Juneteenth Vendor Packet (241 KB)

    EVENTS & ACTIVITIES FOR JUNETEENTH 2017:

    • Live performances from national and local artists:
      • V.I.C., performing the viral hit “Wobble
      • iheartmemphis, notable for dance single “Hit the Quan
      • Gospel singer/songwriter Anthony Evans
      • Latice Crawford, BET’s “Sunday Best” second runner up
      • Gospel sensation Tasha McIntosh
      • Artists United Theatrical Troupe
      • Big John Miller Band
      • Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe
      • Genine LaTrice Perez
      • Mabelvale Middle School Drumline
      • Gloryland Pastor’s Choir
    • The top three contestants from the Juneteenth Talent Search will perform during Juneteenth and compete to win studio time and a track from Joker Entertainment. 
    • Youth will enjoy laser tag, a video game trailer, a climbing rock wall, inflatables and more in our Kids Zone. 
    • At 2 p.m., there will be a screening of AETN’s “Dream Land” documentary, which seeks to recognize, memorialize and share the history of Little Rock’s West Ninth Street. The film will be shown at MTCC’s third-floor ballroom. 
    • Public tours of Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom (800 W. Ninth St.) will be available during the Juneteenth Celebration. 
    • At 4 p.m., there will be a screening of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” a two-part, four-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. 
    • Browse the vendor and nonprofit organization booths as well as food trucks. 
    • Winners of the 2017 Creative Story Writing Contest will be announced. 
    • Learn more about the history of Arkansas through the African American lens while exploring MTCC’s exhibits, including the new display, “Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album,” featuring the photography of Nina Robinson. 

    THANK YOU to our 2017 sponsors!!

                 

                            

                                    

                             

                

                    

       

     



     

     

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