the Official Wichita KS Celebration
The celebration will take place virtually Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 21.
Thank you for your patience and support as we provide Juneteenth ICT programming virtually. The Juneteenth ICT committee believes in the importance of keeping our community healthy and safe. While the city may be reopening we want to ensure that we do not contribute to the spreading of Covid-19 to the most vulnerable populations. Thank you for your understanding in advance. We look forward to coming back together in person 2021!
*Schedule subject to change
Best way to view the schedule is on desktop view.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
In less than 50 years post slavery and reconstruction, ex slaves migrated to the mid-west regions of America. This is also known as the Exodusters movement/great migration. This resulted in many African Americans relocating to states such as Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri for greater opportunities, land purchase and work.
Juneteenth has been celebrated in Wichita Kansas as early as the 1900’s when blacks would celebrate what they considered to be their Independence Day. Juneteenth celebrations included song, story readings, food, and dance.
Juneteenth celebrations have evolved into outward celebrations consisting of uplifting themes, parades, live dramas, art shows, poetry jams, panel discussions, unity initiatives among all ethnicities and more.
All virtual programs will be streamed from the JuneteenthICT FB Page.
Saturday, June 13
10 am to Noon
Location: St. Paul AME 1756 N Piatt
In a collaborative community effort to meet the food disparity needs in our community Books and Breakfast will be providing FREE breakfast.
Please come out and get your meal to-go!
*Drive up only. Volunteers will be bringing the meals to the vehicles. Breakfast will be first come first serve until we run out *
**Please do not show up sick **
If you have a cough, fever, and/or any other symptoms please stay home.
Books & Breakfast Program Schedule
Programming from the Wichita Griots.
10 am-Noon or until supplies last
Drive-up breakfast & Juneteenth ICT activity packets.
The packets include mini garden kit provided by the Sedgwick County Extension Office
Juneteenth for Maize Book Sponsored by Wichita Public Schools.
Mindfulness Activities by Author Sontia Mason
Program contact Tadonne Neal
Monday, June 15
Back to School Drive kicks off Sponsored by Kansas Gas Service.
Drop off school supplies to the locations below
Program contact Antar Gholar
Noon - 2 pm
Holy Savior & HealthCore Clinic Present Covid-19 Testing.
HealthCore will be providing COVID-19 tests in the Holy Savior Church Parking Lot this Monday, June 15, from Noon - 2 PM. These tests are 100% free of cost to you. Please bring your ID and insurance information. If you do not have an ID or insurance, that is okay. No one will be turned away.
Program contact Dr. Delia Shropshire
Tuesday, June 16
2-4 pm line up starts at 1 pm
Location: McAdams Park Pool Parking lot map.
Convoy of Hope JuneteenthICT Edition sponsored by Koch Industries
Come out and receive free food boxes while supplies last. This is a drive-up service so you don't have to get out of your car. This event is working on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Convoy of Hope has set a goal to serve around 1000+ families each.
You must enter from 15th & Hydraulic follow the street around it will turn into 14th and come around to McAdams pool parking lot where the distribution will be taking place.
The following street will be blocked with no entry permitted
Pennsylvania Ave and 15th
New York St and 15th
For questions or to learn more about the Convoy of Hope click here.
Program Contact Stacie Cathcart and/or Tye Mcewen
If you are interested in volunteering show up at 12:30 pm. We need volunteers from 1 to 4 pm. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. You do not have to stay the full time.
Wednesday, June 17
1:30 -2:30 pm
The Kansas African American Museum Senior Wednesday Presents
The Culture of Juneteenth,
Conducted as a virtual Senior Wednesday, TKAAM Education Director, Lona L. Reeves, PhD will present the history and Culture of Juneteenth in Kansas and the region focusing on the Exoduster Movement and The Buffalo Soldiers – The US Army Ninth & Tenth Calvary. Learn more about TKAAM by clicking here. For questions about the program contact Dr. Lona Reeves at
Thursday, June 18
Juneteenth ICT Committee Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 am
Presents First Cup: JuneteenthICT
In solidarity with JuneteenthICT and the Wichita Urban Professionals, we invite you to join us for a discussion with Danielle Johnson, assistant director of WSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Bryce Graham, president of ICT Launchpad Inc. We will discuss how to leverage civic and political engagement to affect greater wealth creation and investment in communities of color.
Learn more about the program and register here. For questions about the program contact Paul Abromeit at email@example.com.
11 - Noon
Leadership & Wellness
Join us for a webinar on being a leader in the seven dimensions of wellness. We will explore the different types of wellness and how you can apply your leadership styles, experiences, and behaviors towards achieving a well-rounded wheel. Complete this free Enneagram sample inventory (https://www.9types.com/rheti/index.php) to provide some personal leadership data as we navigate how to apply our styles.
For questions about the program contact
Kennedy Rogers, 316-978-7402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Streets Presents The Intersection of Substance Use and Mental Health: The Importance of Community Voice in Addressing Substance Use Disorders in the African American Community
Communities of color tend to experience a greater burden of mental health and substance use disorders, often due to poorer access to care and greater social and economic risk factors. Safe Streets Wichita has partnered with JuneteenthICT to host a virtual discussion highlighting outreach, engagement strategies for prevention, and the importance of ongoing community voice and leadership in addressing substance use disorders. Panelists will be LaMonica Williams, MSW, LSCSW; Tyjuan Davis, community activist, poet and author; and prevention specialist Patricia Houston, MBA. After the virtual discussion, the panel will take questions from the audience. The event will be simultaneously broadcast on Zoom and JuneteethICT Facebook page. For questions about the program contact Aonya Barnett at email@example.com.
Kansas Sisters and Brothers for Healthy Infants Presents
Birth Equity: Black Voice Matters
Black women and infants are more than twice as likely to die during birth than their white counterparts, These disparities have a long-lasting impact on Black women, men, children, families, and society. We will no longer attempt to address maternal and infant disparities without the voices of Black families. We want to spark the conversation by unpacking experiences of health inequities and structural racism in our community. If you or someone you know has experienced racism during pregnancy, birth, or post-partum, you should attend. We will discuss racial discrimination, inequities, and structural racism from all points of view, mothers, physicians, fathers, and Doulas. You do not want to miss this conversation. For questions about the program contact Sharla Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, (316) 290-9221.
Juneteenth ICT Committee Closing Remarks
Friday, June 19
Juneteenth ICT Committee Welcome
*Closed program for select senior centers
program contact Briget Young
9:30a – 10:30a
JUNETEENTHICT BLACK WALL STREET
Featured Speaker Chris Rogers
Wichita Urban Professionals and W are partnering to bring you a special conversation with Chris Rogers, Project Manager of the famous Black Wall Street mural in the historic Greenwood District, to kick off June 19 and the JuneteenthICT celebrations. Chris “Sker” Rogers is a graffiti artist and cultural czar, born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Through this conversation, we will look at how this mural came to be, what it has meant to the community, and what crucial conversations have stemmed from the painting of this mural.
Don’t miss out on this conversation.
11:00 am - 2:45 pm
State of the Youth Address
Hosted by Progeny
Progeny will host several panel discussions about the school-to-prison pipeline that shuffles young people out of schools and puts them behind bars. Learn more about the system that exploits Black people and traps them inside. Learn more about the schedule here.
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company JuneteenthICT fundraiser
The Hopping Gnome is bringing back the popular Pineapple Kolsch beer for a special fundraiser for Juneteenth ICT!
20% of all to-go and taproom sales on June 19th will benefit CORE, to help fund local programs like JuneteenthICT, CORE Gardens of Wichita - Robin Rounds Memorial Garden, EmpowerU, and Books & Breakfast.
*Online ordering starts at noon on Friday the 19th.
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Re-Defining Blackness Presents "GLORIOUS"
Featuring Special Guest Zipporah Clark
Performance by Kalasia Thomas
*More to come program contact Tye Mcewen
7 - 9 pm
Sounds of Juneteenth ICT
Join us for a wonderful evening of spoken word, DJ Domo, and musical guests.
Program contact Autumn Black
Juneteenth ICT Committee Closing Remarks
Saturday, June 20
Juneteenth ICT Virtual Parade, Celebration & Education
Location McAdams Park
Wichita Athletics Jamboree at McAdams Park! Join the Wichita Athletics Track Club for the Inaugural Wichita Athletics Jamboree 2 Mile Run/Walk. Health and wellness is a value of the African American community. There is no registration just come out and get active. There will be a Juneteenth ICT Prize for the top runner in the following categories: *Elementary *Middle School *High School *18+
Questions or to learn more contact John Wright Wichita Athletics Track Club
Juneteenth ICT Virtual Parade
Presented by the Wichita State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Produced by Christyn Gunter & Films From Within
1:30 - 3:15 pm
Kids Corner Virtual Programming
Sponsored by Wichita Public Schools
Come Join us for a session filled with fun, education, community, and reaffirming of that a #WealthyMindset is a healthy one!
1:30 pm Fit & Fun - Road to Hautness
1:45 pm Mindfulness Activity - Sontia Mason
Print your activities by clicking here.
2:30 pm Urban Gardening - K-State Extension Office
2:45 pm - A Taste of Story - Story Time Village
3:00 pm Read Along with Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson
Book Juneteenth For Mazie
Read Along with SUPERintendent Alicia Thompson is a fun way to help young children, ages 4 – 8, become SUPER Readers! Watch and read along as Dr. Thompson reads aloud fun children’s books and asks questions about the books to help students better understand the story. In this special edition, Dr. Thompson will read Juneteenth for Mazie, the story of young Mazie learning about the history of Juneteenth and the civil rights milestones that followed.
This special edition was filmed at Founders' Grove, the hub for innovation and creation of the Wealthy Mindset that is the theme for this year’s Juneteenth. Founders Grove and Wichita Public Schools believe reading creates the foundation for self-education and improvement and becomes a catalyst for successful budding entrepreneurs. Creating successful entrepreneurs starts with education.
JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper, published by Picture Window Books, 2015, is used with permission of Capstone Publications.
Juneteenth ICT Virtual Concert
The Pioneer DJDon of Soul Express ENT, Party Train Show Music Mix
5:35- 5:55 pm
6:00 - 6:15 pm
6:20 - 6:50 pm
7 - 8 pm
88 Diamonds is a duo comprised of Martin Bowie on keyboards and flute, and Kimberly Bowie on vocals.
Sunday, June 21
11 am - 12:15 pm
Rock Christian Fellowship Virtual Church Service
3rd Annual Father’s Day Recognition
Announcement of the 10 Father's Day Recognition recipients coming soon.
Congratulations to the JuneteenthICT 2020 Fathers and Mentors!
See the list HERE.
Location for all virtual programming https://www.facebook.com/JuneteenthICT/
Thank you to our Program Partners
Thank you to our Sponsors