the Official Wichita KS Celebration
The celebration will take place Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 20, 2021.
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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.
Finalized Schedule Coming Soon
Saturday, June 12
Books & Breakfast Program Schedule
10 am-Noon or until supplies last
Program contact Tadonne Neal
Monday, June 14
Tuesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, June 17
All JuneteenthICT Weekend Activities
will take place at McAdams Park
Friday, June 18
*Closed program for select senior centers
program contact Briget Young
Sounds of Juneteenth ICT
Saturday, June 19
Juneteenth ICT Parade, Celebration & Education
at McAdams Park
Wichita Athletics Jamboree at McAdams Park! Join the Wichita Athletics Track Club for the 2nd annual Wichita Athletics Jamboree 2 Mile Run/Walk. Health and wellness is a value of the African American community.
Questions or to learn more contact John Wright Wichita Athletics Track Club
Juneteenth ICT Parade
Sponsored by the Wichita State University
Sponsored by Wichita Public Schools USD 259
Come join us for a session filled with fun, education, and community building.
Juneteenth ICT Concert
Sunday, June 20
Virtual Church Service
4th Annual Father’s Day Recognition
Sponsored by Kansas Gas Service
Announcement of the 10 Father's Day Recognition recipients.
Congratulations to the JuneteenthICT 2020 Fathers and Mentors!
See the list HERE.
Check out last year's programs on FB
2021 Sponsor Listing coming soon