Juneteenth festival includes week of activity

Staff reportMay 23, 2014 

The upcoming Juneteenth Freedom Festival will have a week’s worth of activity.

The festival itself will be held on June 14, but related events will begin the Saturday before that, organizers announced Friday.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

• On June 7, the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Reunion will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Mattie Hubbard Jones Park. It will feature a Linwood Cemetery Discovery Walk at 11 a.m., as well as Pleasant Hill heritage activities, a Hip Hop Detox Revue and an open mic event in midafternoon.

• At 5 p.m. June 8, there will be a Juneteenth History Celebration: Tribute to the Work of Our Ancestors at the Ruth Hartley Mosley Center. The tribute will include a panel discussion, youth essays, poems, songs and an educational tribute to great black leaders of the past.

• On June 9-11, there will be Macon Black History Riding Tours, starting at Terminal Station, in the morning and afternoon. Call 718-8067 for reservations.

• On June 12, there will be a Healthy Lifestyle Solutions Expo and Community Healing Workshops from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at a site to be determined, as well as another session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mosley Center.

• On June 13, there will be the annual Real Talk Hip Hop Summit of Youth Consciousness & Responsibility from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Douglass Theatre. From 4-8 p.m., there will be Hip Hop Art forums, a performance showcase and a panel discussion at Bloomfield Park.

• On June 14, there will be a 5K and 1-mile run/walk at the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail/Central City Park. Call 718-8067 for registration.

• On June 14, the 22nd annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Tattnall Square Park will be held from 3-9:30 p.m. The festival will include everything from live music and dance performances to children’s games and vendors.

For more information, call 737-3319.

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