Juneteenth takes family-friendly focus

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – This year’s Juneteenth Festival will focus on the family.
Family-friendly activities are what’s on tap for the celebration, scheduled for Saturday at Ballard Park.
The Juneteenth Festival, a nationwide celebration, is the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day.
It was June 19, 1865, that news of the emancipation reached a group of slaves in Texas, more than two years following President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
“We’re not going to have a lot of the rap groups, like we’ve had in the past,” said Cee Cee Jackson, a host on Brother 2 Sister Jamz Talk on the station. “We’re going to have poetry and an old-school dance contest. We decided to do something a little bit different.”
Anyone can present their poetry at the festival.
“It has to be clean. This is a family fun day,” Jackson said.
The dance contest will give folks the opportunity to show off their best moves and versions of dances like The Robot.
There will be food vendors set up, as well as kids’ activities.
Stan Allen, host on Brother 2 Sister, said the festival will be a good time for families to get together.
“It’s going to be a fun-filled day,” he said.
“Bring your lawn chairs, bring some water, and come have a good time,” Jackson said.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@journalinc.com.

– What: Dance contests, poetry
readings, vendors, kids’ activities

– When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

– Where: Ballard Park

– Cost: Free

– Info: (662) 842-1067

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