Amarillo Juneteenth festivities include a show, parade, workshops
The events of June 16 are coming quickly. The week-long celebration takes place in Amarillo from Saturday, June 11 through June 19, with multiple events that are set up to bring the community together to educate people while having fun.
The theme for this year’s Juneteenth is “Coming together as one”. One goal is to bring the community together; everyone is welcome to attend these upcoming events.
“Not everyone will agree with everything, but as long as you agree that we need to be united on different fronts, be it government, social or economic issues, we need to always unite in order to grow for generations to come,” said Juneteenth Community Member Julian Reese.
The festivities will kick off with a Juneteenth Pageant at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday at Palo Duro High School and culminate with the annual parade and park celebration on June 18. A church service will wrap up the week of events at Bones Hooks Park on June 19. Other events include two different exhibits at the Black Historical Cultural Center, as well as a talent show and the Alpha Phi Alpha All White Linen Party. Additionally, a Juneteenth Community Empowerment Series takes place the following week at the Warford Activity Center.
“It’s a time of celebration, progress and growth. The only way to do it is to do it together. We just want to make sure everyone comes, has fun and signs up to be part of this next year. Anyone can be part of the organization,” Reese said.
On June 18, during the park party, a free lunch will be offered to those present. The city of Amarillo will offer games. Additionally, there will be a live performance by Unique Stepperz and three live DJs. Coach Michael Jackson, Head Basketball Coach at Caprock High School, will brief attendees on the history of Juneteenth. Roushell Hamilton Jr. will be the keynote speaker.
“It was a real blessing to see how much Juneteenth has grown. I remember being a kid going to the parade and eating with my cousins afterwards. It’s amazing to see what it’s become. . We have a parade, a contest, .. It’s a whole week of celebrations. It really is a beautiful thing to see. It’s something that I hope will continue to grow and expand to long term,” said Hamilton Jr., the keynote speaker and also morning newscaster for KAMR Local 4.
Amarillo Juneteenth events are featured with Happy State Bank, Amarillo National Bank, FirstBank Southwest, Tyson, Ben E. Keith, Aqua One, Guitar Center and First United Bank.
For information on upcoming events and attendance, contact Julian Reese at (812) 814-3295, Melodie Graves at (806) 640-8184, or go to Facebook to find the calendar of events for June 19, 2022, Amarillo, TX https://www.facebook.com/amarillojuneteenth .
Breakdown of Amarillo Juneteenth festivities
Below is a list of some of the upcoming events:
– Saturday: Competition of June 19 at Palo Duro High School, 1400 N. Grant, starting at 6:30 p.m.
– June 13: Juneteenth Health Expo at the Black Historical Cultural Center, 901 N Hayden St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.
– June 16: Young Professionals Fair at the Black Historical Cultural Center, from 6:30 p.m.
– June 17: Juneteenth Talent Show at Palo Duro High School, starting at 6:30 p.m. ($5 entrance fee)
– June 17: Alpha Phi Alpha All White Linen Party in the Reed Hospitality Room, 3701 25th SE Ave. from 7:06 p.m. (Cost is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Cash App: $APAOEL)
– June 18: Parade of June 19, with the route beginning at the Black Historical Cultural Center, 901 N Hayden St. Line up is at 8:30 a.m. and parade starts at 10 a.m.
– June 18: Juneteenth Park Party, located at Bones Hooks Park, 2000 N. Hughes, starting at 12 p.m.
– June 19: Mass of June 19 at Bones Hooks Park at 11 a.m.
Juneteenth Community Empowerment Series
Sessions are held daily at 6:30 p.m. at the Warford Activity Center, 1330 NW 18th
– Monday, June 20: Education Essentials / Resources
– Tuesday, June 21: Social services and resources
– Wednesday, June 22: Community roundtable with elected officials
– Thursday, June 23: Financial Resources / Life Essentials
– Friday, June 24: Community Resource / Mentoring Fair