The CommUnity Zone is pleased to announce a regional Juneteenth celebration in Williamsport for 2021. We are holding this event in partnership with the Lycoming Tri-County NAACP and other community organizations from throughout Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. The Juneteenth event is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at Brandon Park in downtown Williamsport. This will be a truly regional celebration, providing a draw and a beacon for racial justice awareness in north central PA.
Juneteenth, first celebrated in 1867, and also known as the Black 4th of July, commemorates the end of slavery. It is a day of joy, celebration, and recommitment to the values of freedom and building a good community for all. We will celebrate with food, music, dance, the spoken word, and much more.
The festivities begin at 9:00 AM at Freedom Road Cemetery, with prayer at 9:15 and a one-mile walk to Brandon Park, where we will be welcomed at 11:00 by Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter. Our keynote speaker will be Adrian Miller, also known as the Soul Food Scholar, author of Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. The afternoon follows with performances, displays, photographing and interviewing of local citizens, roving historical characters, and, of course, lots of traditional food and music.
This is an opportunity to visibly show support for our active African American community here in central Pennsylvania. When we come together to support one another our communities are stronger and we can feel great pride in what this country stands for.
In a year that has been difficult for all but has shown how important it is to support one another, we thank you for being a part of this celebration.