City of Southfield celebrates Juneteenth with week of activities and events June 14-19
The city of Southfield, in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® - Pi Tau Omega Chapter, Southfield Public Library, Southfield Historical Society, Southfield Parks & Recreation, Southfield Chamber of Commerce and the American Heart Association, is pleased to announce the 2021 lineup for the ‘Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration’. This week-long celebration to celebrate African American history and culture will include virtual events as well as in-person concerts, walks and a movie.
Kicking off the Juneteenth Jubliee Celebration will be a virtual City Council Resolution on Monday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. This event can be viewed on the City’s Cable 15 site at https://bit.ly/Cable15. In addition to the City Council Resolution, many activities including a Juneteeth Art Display, a Juneteenth Virtual Scavenger Hunt, a Juneteenth Virtual Walk and the Juneteenth Economic Freedom list of minority-owned businesses will be available for participants to access and attend throughout the week.
The Juneteenth Virtual Scavenger Hunt will be a fun activity where participants will search for persons or places that are significant to the Southfield African American culture and community. Anyone can join in on this virtual event or visit the places of interest, take pictures and post to your social media. This event begins on June 13 and will end on June 18 at 11:59 pm. Participants will have seven days to find the answers to the clues and can complete the survey link (https://ttvocqbqsb9.typeform.com/to/BinNnFAT) to be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for Target Gift Cards. Take pictures of the places in the scavenger hunt and post them to Social Media using the hashtags #AKASOUTHFIELD, #Juneteenth2021Southfield, #Juneteenth2021AKAPTO and #Juneteenth2021Scavengerhunt.
Southfield Historical Society will host a Historical Look at Juneteenth & June 19, 1865: Celebrating Southfield’s 1860s Freedom Finders event at the Burgh Historic Park on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. This event will include displays of historic information about the history of Juneteenth as well as reenactors portraying Harriet Tubman, stationmaster on the Underground Railroad and Fannie Richards, the first African American school teacher in Detroit.
Southfield Public Library will host Jazz & Blues Concert at the Library featuring the Luther “Badman” Keith Blues Band on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will be held on the Fountain Terrace at the Southfield Public Library and is free to the public. For more information on the June 16 concert and future Jazz and Blues concerts at the Southfield Public Library, visit https://southfieldlibrary.org/.
Southfield Parks & Recreation Department and Southfield Public Library will host multiple educational events on Thursday, June 17 throughout the day. These events include an in-person Mystery Meet Up at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center Picnic Shelter #1. A virtual webinar, In the Midst of the Storm: Oakland County’s Antislavery & Abolition Activism in the Nineteenth Century will conclude the day’s events at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration for the Mystery Meet Up is required at https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/southfieldparks/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true. Registration for the Zoom webinar is required at https://southfieldlibrary.org/.
Southfield Parks & Recreation Department will host Black Cowboy LC Caldwell and musical entertainment, Jazz4U, on Friday, June 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Beech Woods Patio along with treats provided by Walton Wood Royal Oak, and other entertainment. Guests must register in advance at https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/southfieldparks/home?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true. There will also be a second Juneteenth concert Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Municipal Campus front lawn. For more information on these events, visit www.cityofsouthfield.com/departments/parks-recreation.
Closing out the Southfield 2021 Juneteenth Jubliee Celebration week will be the Mayor’s Juneteenth Walk on Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. beginning at the Southfield Municipal Campus front lawn, and Movie “Miss Juneteenth” at 7:00 p.m. also on the Southfield Municipal Campus front lawn. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® - Pi Tau Omega Chapter will also be holding a virtual webinar entitled "Juneteenth - Our History of Resilience, Resolve and Hope for the Future at 1:00 p.m. Participants must register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/PTOJuneteenth and raffle drawing at https://bit.ly/PTOJuneteenth2021.
For more information on the 2021 Southfield Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration, visit http://bit.ly/JuneteenthDetails or contact the Mayor's office at 248-796-5100.