On Saturday, June 20th, participants from Brentwood and the community are invited to participate in two simultaneous events in downtown Springfield: Juneteenth Celebration and Springfield Equality March/PrideFest.
Here’s information about each:
The NAACP, Midtown Carnegie Library, the City of Springfield, and the Springfield Greene County Park Board invite the public to celebrate and share in what freedom means to them. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Cheryl Clay, President of the Springfield Missouri NAACP, will be issuing a statement about the Charleston murders. At 1:30, there will also be a moment of silence and a prayer for the victims, their families, and the Emanuel AME Church community. The Emanuel AME Church is one of oldest and most historically significant churches in the South.
12:00 WELCOME NAACP PRESIDENT—Cheryl Clay
12:05 GREETINGS MIDTOWN LIBRARY –Ingrid Bohnenkamp & Eva Pelkey
12:15 GREETINGS ZONE 1—Phyllis Ferguson, Councilwoman
12:20 MUSICAL SELECTION—Kyleigh Jackson
12:15 HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH—Cheryl Clay
12:25 RECOGNITION OF BOOTHS—Representatives of community organizations
12:30 MUSICAL SELECTION—Solomon Brown
12:35 SPOKEN WORD—Pastor TJ Appleby
12:45 DANCE GROUP—SOS (Saving Our Sisters)
12:55 GREETINGS ZONE 3—Mike Schilling Councilperson
1:00 HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH—Gwen Marshall
1:10 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE—Jin-J-X Music
1:30 MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PRAY FOR CHARLESTON SHOOTING VICTIMS AND FAMILIES
1:40 SPRINGFIELD ART MUSEUM—Children’s Activity
2:00 GREETINGS—Mayor Bob Stephens
2:10 INTRODUCTION NAACP EXECUTIVE BOARD
3:45 CLOSING REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENTS