Guide to June 19, 2022 Kansas City Events and Resources
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the official end of slavery in the United States. Although slaves were emancipated throughout the Confederacy by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it was not until June 19, 1865, that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to free the remaining slaves in the remote Confederate stronghold. .
Although an important cultural holiday within the African American community since its inception, Juneteenth was only officially recognized as a holiday both federally and in Kansas City at that time. last year.
To commemorate Juneteenth in Kansas City, there will be a host of events in the coming days. To continue supporting and celebrating Black communities beyond the holidays, we’ve got some ideas for you below.
Kansas City Events of June 19
Saturday June 18
JuneteenthKC 2022 Heritage Festival: Kansas City’s annual celebration of Liberty, Liberty and Community will be 12-9 p.m. at 18th & Vine in Kansas City’s Historic Jazz District. The Heritage Festival was brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M. Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America. A variety of musical performances and other live entertainment will take place throughout the festival in addition to a bike and car show. Retail, grocery, non-profit/utility and youth-focused vendors will also be present. This year’s event is projected to draw more than 20,000 attendees, according to JuneteenthKC. The weather forecast says highs will be in the 90s on Saturday, so be prepared.
The second annual Leeds-Dunbar Juneteenth, 100 Year Park Anniversary Picnic: With games, prizes, inflatables, music and entertainment to Yvonne Starks Wilson Park, 34th Terrace and Stadium Drive, starting at 8 a.m.
Cultural festival of June 16, 2022: Hosted by WeBuyBlaKCK LLC and the Black Marketthe event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Park in Kaw Point, 1 River City Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. Attendees can expect food, fun, live music, and a variety of vendors and activities.
June 16 celebration: Organized by The Women Of Purpose Of Johnson County and Prairiefirean entertainment and shopping district in Overland Park, Kansas, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5661 West 135th St. There will be a parade, speakers, musical performances, food and more.
Sunday June 19
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow is an exhibit at the National World War I Museum and Memorial exploring the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded after the Civil War leading up to World War I. In honor of Juneteenth in Kansas City, admission to the exhibit will be free to the public on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20 (holiday).
THE BLK + BRWN Block Party will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at 104 1/2 West 39th St. Hosted by BLK+BRWN, the black-owned bookstore dedicated to amplifying black and brown storytelling, the party will celebrate the store’s first anniversary. All are welcome to RSVP and enjoy an abundance of black literature, food, music and culture.
June 19 bike tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organized by the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Kansas City, the 19-mile circuit will begin at 1722 E. 17th Terrace and include several stops as cyclists experience the historical and cultural context of Kansas City’s emancipation era.
Shop with Kansas City Black-Owned Businesses
Shopping with Black-owned businesses like BLK+BRWN is one of the most effective ways to bring in the holidays and show support for the community. Fortunately, Kansas City is home to a wide array of black-owned businesses. Although we have listed some notable companies below, a directory for more options can be found here.
Equal Minded Cafe and Events Center at 4327 Troost Ave. is a black-owned cafe with a stated mission to “provide beneficial resources, opportunities, and relationships to people in every neighborhood of Kansas City.” Founded in 2018, the center’s event space has hosted more than 50 nonprofit events and fundraisers, as well as open mics and community events.
Fannie’s African and tropical cuisine, 4105 Troost Ave., is a restaurant founded by Liberian-born Fannie Gibson and her husband Kelechi Eme. They serve authentic West African cuisine including jollof rice and cassava leaves.
John’s Java and Jazz at 2003 1/2 N. Fifth Street in Kansas City, Kansas, is a community cafe and jazz lounge located in a building with a long generational history and black business ownership.
Raise the Bar and Grill at 7543 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas, was founded in 2018 by four friends who dreamed of creating a unique dining and entertainment experience in Kansas City.
The Black Pantry at 325 E. 31st St. curates items from black makers, designers and artists.
Mattie’s food at 633 E 63rd St. #110 is a black-owned vegan restaurant. Their food can be found at any Made in KC cafe on days when their location is not open.
Support black nonprofits in KC
It is vital to the celebration and strengthening of freedom and equality to uplift the people, organizations and institutions that support or preserve Black communities in our region. Here we include a few organizations around Kansas City that do this work. Those who want to support the cause can donate or attend events.
Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that partners with all types of Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The focus is on initiating, developing, promoting, sustaining, and growing Kansas City’s black community.
Donner Black KC is an annual, week-long fundraiser that aims to provide funds to high-impact, black-led organizations operating east of Troost. The campaign was launched to address the problem of philanthropic redlining. Associations Generate income for tomorrow and Be great together have partnered with United Way of Greater Kansas City this year to raise $500,000. From May 2020 to April 2021, GIFT raised $443,369.68 for grant funding. You can donate here.
high aspirations is a faith-based mentoring program that focuses on working with young African American men, ages 8-18. The program supports them socially, academically, emotionally and spiritually. Donations can be made on their website.
We code KC introduces young people from the urban core of Kansas City to various programming languages, technologies, cybersecurity and computer concepts. Its mission is to “give young people the opportunity to learn technology concepts and leadership skills; creating a pipeline of future-ready professionals through project-based learning and innovative programs. » You can donate here.
Real Justice Network is a grassroots, black-led organization that supports organizers and community members advocating for various social justice issues. The network centers the experiences of survivors of violence – whether domestic, interpersonal, sexual or state-sanctioned. You can donate here.
Black Excellence is a resource organization founded on the mission of connecting and supporting black professionals. BXKC provides members with learning and social experiences, personality mapping, placement matching, and community support. He has partnered with foundations, corporations and executives to create career acceleration pathways for black professionals. You can donate here.
The future of us was founded in 2020 by three graduates of Ruskin High School in Kansas City. The organization invests in students by providing finance, time, guidance, leadership, support, and encouragement for their academic goals. You can donate here.
The Kansas City Black Mental Health Initiative aims to promote, de-stigmatize, and raise awareness of Black mental health and well-being in the Kansas City area. In 2021, founder Cecil Wattree launched The Black Therapy Initiative, a program for black clients to receive free therapy sessions from licensed black therapists. The effort was funded through donations from the initiative’s funding partner, Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing inequities in maternal and child health among black and brown communities in Kansas City and nationwide. You can donate to Uzazi Village here.
Other Juneteenth and Black History Resources
Here are some local resources for learning more about Black history and liberation.
The African American Heritage Trail of Kansas City, Missouri, is a virtual journey that highlights the people, places, and institutions important to the city’s rich Black history. It was driven by community input and will continue to grow in size and scope, according to the site.
Black Archives of Central America collects and preserves records documenting the social, economic, political, and cultural histories of African Americans in the central United States, with an additional focus on the Kansas City area. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, display, and publication to honor community heritage and raise public awareness. You can donate here.
Episode 5, “Be Free”, is from “The Filter,” a podcast on Flatland, Kansas City’s PBS digital platform that amplifies community stories. In this episode, hosts Vicky Díaz-Camacho and Ieshia Downton talk with historians Lyle Gibson of Metropolitan Community College and Daive Dunkley of the University of Missouri about the historical milestones flowing from the Emancipation Proclamation to our current movements. of black liberation. They also speak with Azja Butler, a student at the University of Kansas and local organizer of the Black Lives Matter movement.