BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / release ) Buffalo's long running celebration of the end of slavery, "Juneteenth," begins with Sankofa Days followed bya parade and weekend events at MLK Park the weekend of June 18th at MLK Park.
WKBW Channel 7 is a proud co-sponsor of "Sankofa Days" and supports Juneteenth at the annual parade with coverage of events.
Organizers released a full schedule of events:
2011 Juneteenth Activities
Juneteenth Festival, Inc.
AKA Juneteenth of Buffalo
P.O. Box 412 Ellicott Station Buffalo, New York 14205
1517 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 Telephone 716.891.8801
Theme: Breaking the Invisible Chains
Event: 36th Consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo
Date: Saturday, June 18th & Sunday June 19th 2011
Place: Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Mark your calendars now!!! Don’t miss out!!!
Saturday, June 18th Schedule:
Praise & Worship 9:00 – 11:00am, Sponsored by WUFO
11:00am Juneteenth Parade, from the corners of Genesee & Wende, proceeds down Genesee Street into Park, followed by Festivities in Park until 8:00pm.
The Art Chalk Walk: Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education. Location: Fillmore Street (In front of Martin L. King Jr. Bust)
Sunday, June 19th Schedule:
Praise & Worship, 9:00am – 12:00noon, Sponsored by WUFO Followed by festivities in the park until 8:00pm
*Festivities include: Entertainment stage, Arts and Culture stage, Vendor’s Market, Food Court, Health Pavilion, Family Portrait Booth, Book Fair, historical exhibits, reenacting historical events in history, Children’s Activities, Youth Activities, Underground Railroad Tours and more!
Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend for the entire family! The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY is the third largest in the country. Its mission is to “actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole.”
Pre Festival Events
June 5th: Juneteenth Run for Health: Race will start at William/Emsile YMCA – Fun Run 9:00am – 5K (3.1) miles) & 2 mile fitness walk at 9:30am. For more information call 716-891-8801. Sponsor: Great Lakes Health (E.C.M.C/Kalieda Health)
June 11: “GiT On Da Bus” Juneteenth Festival Headquarters – 1517 Genesee Street – Meet at 3:30pm, bus leaves at 4:00pm, returns 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Tradition Keepers. A journey to many important sites in the city with story telling at each site.
. Sponsor: The Tradition Keepers
June 11th: Youth Activities: June – Teen Talk Forum: 2:00 pm – 4:00 @ the Buffalo Museum of Science. For more information call 716-891-8801.
June 17th: Prayer, Praise, and Worship at 6:00pm to 8:30pm: Location: Fillmore Street (In front of the Martin L. King Jr. Bust)
Sankofa Events – Making a Family Out of Our Community
Saturday, June 11: 7:00-9:00pm , Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street. Main speaker, Dr. William Small “Strengthening the Family”. We are asking the community to come out and reflect on our ancestors and recent community members who have transitioned within the last year.
Sunday, June 12: 5:00-9:00pm, Juneteenth headquarters, 1517 Genesee St., Live Central and West African Music with free contemporary and traditional Dance classes; soukous music from Congo and djembe/sabar from Senegal. Live Broadcasting of this event from 5:00pm-6:00pm on 1080am WUFO (radio) or online at www.wufoam.com. This is the perfect Sunday event for all ages. Fun, live music and great fellowship.
Monday, June 13: 5:00-9:00pm, Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave., main speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu the author of the book, “Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys”. Music and cultural entertainment with Healing Hands drummers featuring :Dr Anthony Neal. Book signing and refreshments immediately after presentation.
Tuesday, June 14: 6:30-9pm, 2nd Cup Café 36 Broadway. Cultural open mic night for community building. Spoken word, singing and other verbal presentations are welcome this night as we speak positivity into life.
Wednesday, June 15: 5:30- 8pm, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue.” From Devastation to Destiny”; a look at Africa after western invasion and destruction. Special communication with local black building trade professionals and how our community can gain access to quality employment and entry into trade unions.
Part 1 -Thursday, June 16: 6:00 – 7:30pm, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library 1324 Jefferson Ave. Black Social workers of Buffalo will be addressing social ills within our family structure and what we must do to overcome them.
Part 2 -Thursday, June 16: 7:45pm to Dusk, assembly at Broderick Park “Foot of Ferry” MAAFA (memorial and healing ceremony for ourselves and our ancestors who were affected by the slave trade and the upheaval of pre-colonial African society). A healing by the water lead by Psychologist Dr. Maat E. L. Lewis of John Jay University.
Friday, June 17: 7-10pm, 2nd Cup Café 36 Broadway, “Big Bang” Artistic celebration with guest speaker Chris Reynolds of WBLK and Ras Jomo of WUFO. We will feature some of our performing artist for the weekend festival as well as receiving culture positive messages from our local radio programmers
***All NIGHTS WE WILL CLOSE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH MESSAGE FROM Dr. MAAT For more information regarding Sankofa events and vending: Ras Jomo; 716-948-5738, firstname.lastname@example.org
Juneteenth Festival Inc. would like to thank the community and all of our presenters and businesses who made the Sankofa events possible. Please come out on June 18th and 19th of 2011 to celebrate the Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Sankofa Programs kindly donated by the Ink Spot at 1440 Jefferson. Your one stop shop for Copying & Printing. Authorized shipper for U.S Post Office and also assisting with your needs.
Daily “Open Air Market” at the Ink Spot. We are looking for 16-20 vendors to provide goods and services to the Ferry Jefferson Community. Contact the Ink Spot at 716)-881-7594 Hours: M-F 10am- 5pm Sat: 9am-4pm
Juneteenth Teen Activity Schedule
June 11th: Teen Talk Forum: 2:00 pm – 4:00, Buffalo Museum of Science. For more information call 716-891-8801.
June 18th & 19th: Youth Adventure: 11:00am – 6:00pm, Behind the Casino.
June 18th: Teen Job Fair/College Fair: 11:00am - 3:00pm, In front of the Museum of Science
June 18th: Teen Job Fair/College Fair,11:00am - 3:00pm, In front of the Museum of Science
June 19th: Teen Live play, 2:00pm followed by Talent Show, 4:00pm– 6:00 pm, back of the Museum of Science.
June 19th: Job Readiness Workshop, 12:00 noon - 2:00pm, Buffalo Museum of Science
Juneteenth Park Activity Schedule
Health Fair: 12:00 noon – 6:00pm, Vendors alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. Sponsor, Great Lakes Health (Kaleida Health/E.C.M.C)
Children’s Activity Tent: 1:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Tennis Courts.
Book Fair: 4:00 - 7:00pm, Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust, Fillmore Street. Sponsor, Project Flight
Heritage Tent: Displays of African artifacts, 1:00 - 6:00pm, veterans display, brochures of heritage information, corner of Best and Fillmore
Family Photos: 1:00 - 6:00pm, Fillmore Street, Sponsor, Locust Street Art Program
Sunday only, African Drum and Dance: Drum Class, 2:00-3:00pm.
Dance Class, 3:00–4:00pm, near tennis courts.
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19: Underground Railroad Tours, 2:00pm & 4:00pm Pick up site: Best & Fillmore. Sponsor, Motherland Connections.
Main Stage Schedule:
Saturday, June 18: 2:00–3:15pm-Soul Surreal Band, 3:30–4:45pm–Evolution, 5:00–6:15pm – The Unity Band, 6:45–8:00pm–Will Holton.
Arts & Culture Stage Schedule: Parade & Fillmore Streets, Reenactment of Historical events on both days:
Saturday, June 18: 2:30-7:30pm
Sunday, June 19th: 1:00-7:30pm
Sunday, June 19: 2:00–3:15pm-Jazz Example, 3:30–4:45pm–The Old School B Boys, 5:00–6:15–Kenny Berry, 6:30– 7:30pm–New Beginnings, 7:30–8:00pm–Finale.