FRIDAY FROM NOON-4 P.M. | MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY CENTRAL MALL
This free public kick-off celebration for Juneteenth will spotlight musical acts from Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life, Bembé Drum & Dance, School of Rock and vocal artists. There will also be resource tables with community organizations and Juneteenth history, as well as food trucks, t-shirts and activities.
SATURDAY FROM 8 A.M.-NOON | THE INSTITUTE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC & ARTS
The Legacy Breakfast is devoted to acknowledging individuals and organizations in Milwaukee for their distinguished community service. The Institute for the Preservation of African American Music and Arts is hosting this inaugural event to celebrate these community leaders and to establish a scholarship fund that will benefit Milwaukee youth-serving organizations, sororities, fraternities and other civic organizations.
Know an individual or group committed to bridging divides in our community? Nominate them for a Unity Award by Oct. 31.
SATURDAY FROM 4:30 P.M.-7 P.M. | CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Black Diaspora Symphony Orchestra presents their Juneteenth Concert, “A Walk Through History.” Before the concert, at 4:30 p.m., symphony founder and music director Dayvin Hallmon will discuss the importance of their program and what the audience can expect. Composer Autumn Maria Reed will explain her new piece written for this concert. The concert begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public.
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SUNDAY FROM 9 A.M.-8 P.M. | 3045 N. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DR.
To kickoff the celebration, the Juneteenth Jubilee Parade starts at 9 a.m. and will travel to East Burleigh Street and North King Drive. The 51st Juneteenth Celebration falls on Fathers Day, so this year’s festivities are dedicated to dads. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Juneteenth Street Festival where vendors, music, community resources, history, games, dancing and more will fill the street. Lastly, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be the Celebrate Culture Concert.
SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M.-5 P.M. | AMERICA’S BLACK HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
To celebrate Fathers Day and Juneteenth, all dads’ admissions to America’s Black Holocaust Museum will be free. The Museum is also hosting a block party and indoor events, including family arts and crafts, community roundtable discussions, a music performance by Spider Creek and more. The museum will also have a table at Milwaukee’s 51st Annual Juneteenth Celebration.
SUNDAY FROM 1-3 P.M. | THE BINDERY
The Bindery is collaborating with MKE Black, a Black-owned business directory, for Juneteenth to letterpress the message provided by MKE Black, “Black UNITY creates community.” The Bindery, along with local creative studio bearbear, will aid participants in printing posters with two print approaches. Participants will leave the event with their own posters, and each will have information about MKE Black as well as a QR code linking to more information.
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