City of Southfield celebrates Juneteenth with week of activities and events June 15-22
Festivities kick off June 15 with ceremonial Juneteenth flag raising & concert
The City of Southfield, in partnership with Pearls of Service Foundation (PSF) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc.® - Pi Tau Omega Chapter, Southfield Public Library, Southfield Parks & Recreation and Southfield Historical Society, will sponsor several events and activities for the City’s Juneteenth Celebration. This celebration of African American history and culture will kick off with a ceremonial raising of the Juneteenth flag on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the circle drive in front of City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.
Southfield Public Library & Friends of the Library Juneteenth Programs – June 15-17
* Please Note: Due to the excessive heat, the Jazz & Blues Concert has been moved indoors to the Library's Meeting Room.
The Friends of the Southfield Public Library will sponsor a special Juneteenth Jazz and Blues concert at the Southfield Public Library on Wednesday, June 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. This free outdoor concert will feature African American artist DeAnna Victoria performing various genres of African American music including traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in honor of Juneteenth. The Library BookShelf will be open offering gently used books for sale as well as various vendors featuring local African American owned businesses.
On Thursday, June 16 from 5:30-6:15 p.m., the Southfield Public Library will host A Timeline in Dance featuring Body Rhythm Dance Theatre Youth Troupe. The group will present several dances that go through the years showing how dance is a relevant part of black history. The Library will also feature special Juneteenth book displays throughout the building in addition to hosting author and educator Jean Alicia Elster on Friday, June 17 from 2-3 p.m. with How It Happens: Collecting Oral Histories where she will share the importance of oral histories in the creation of her family-based historical fiction trilogy. Ms. Elster will describe the basics of obtaining compelling oral histories and lead participants in a hands-on exercise. Books will also be available for sale and signing. Look for more information at www.southfieldlibrary.org.
Mayor’s Juneteenth Walk – Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
Join Mayor Dr. Ken Siver the Southfield 2022 Juneteenth Celebration week will be the Mayor’s Juneteenth Walk on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. beginning at the Southfield Municipal Campus front circle. Join Mayor Dr. Ken Siver for a invigorating 2.5 mile walk to the Red Pole Park and back to City Hall.
Southfield Parks & Recreation Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 18 from 12-9 p.m.
On Saturday, June 18, Southfield Parks & Recreation will sponsor a special Juneteenth celebration beginning at noon on the Municipal Campus front lawn. P&R and the Southfield Public Library will also host a Children’s Story Time with Librarian Miss Shari at 12:30 p.m. followed by a special appearance from Black Cowboy L.C. Caldwell at 1 p.m. and the Tuskegee Airmen at 2:30 p.m. The Southfield Historical Society will present videos of community stakeholders reading quotations from Sojourner Truth to Barack Obama. Juneteenth reenactors and presenters (including Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson, Sojourner Truth and Malcolm X) will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. followed by a drumming workshop with Mahindi Masai from 4:30-6 p.m. Dancers from Legacy Dance Studio will grace the stage at 6 p.m. followed by award winning ensemble Larry Lee & Back in the Day from 7-9 p.m. Oakland County P&R will be on site from 1-6 p.m. with bounce houses with water features, a rock wall and large games in addition to food available for purchase from a variety of food trucks. Southfield P&R will also offer a flag bead bracelet making craft and other fun activities for youth. Pearls of Service Foundation will host a family gameboard section reminiscent of family cookouts.
Pearls of Service Foundation / AKA Juneteenth Family Day Virtual Program – June 19
Pearls of Service Foundation and the AKA’s will hold a Juneteenth Webinar celebrating Juneteenth and its incorporation into our society on Sunday, June 19 (times and web links TBD). Look for more information soon at www.pearlsofservicefoundation.org or www.akasouthfield.org.
Centrepolis Accelerator New Economy Initiative for Southfield Entrepreneurs – June 22
Centrepolis Accelerator, in partnership with Lawrence Technological University and Southfield Business & Economic Development, have launched the Southfield Evolution Lab to encourage the evolution of the underserved Southfield entrepreneurs into a robust community through education, resources and mentorship. The Southfield Evolution Lab was designed to empower entrepreneurs with tools and resources needed to evolve and grow a product or business. Eligibility requirements include: business must be currently located in Southfield or willingness to relocate; in operation for at least one year with annual sales of $10-$100K. To apply or for more information, visit https://www.centrepolisaccelerator.com/Programs/Southfield-Evolution-Lab. The Centrepolis Accelerator will also hold a Evolution Lab Business Pitch (similar to a Shark Tank format) on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 3:30- 6:30 p.m. at Centrepolis Accelerator at LTU. The event is free and open to the public.
Curtis Lewis "Justice 4 All” exhibition on display at Southfield Public Library through June
Local artist Curtis Lewis’ new mural titled "Breathless" will be on display at the Southfield Public Library throughout the month of June. The mural highlights George Floyd in addition to 75 other fatal victims of violence as well as 36 civil rights pioneers and leaders. The mural is 4’x5’ oil and acrylic on canvas and has been two years in the making. The work is part of a three-piece collection titled "Justice 4 All" that is also on display at the Library. The other artworks include a 2’x3’painting of Anne Frank titled "Heartbeat in the Attic" that celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month as well as a 2’x3’painting of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky titled “Let My People Go."
John Osler original oil painting exhibition on display in city hall main lobby until July
Mayor Ken Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission partnered with local artist John Osler to present an exhibition of his work in the city hall main lobby through July of 2022. The exhibition kicked off with a special artist reception to celebrate Black History Month on February 25. The exhibition, featuring 27 original John Osler oil paintings celebrating African Americans, will be on display Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All of the original artwork is also offered for sale to the public.
For more information on the 2022 Southfield Juneteenth Celebration, contact the Mayor’s Office at (248) 796-5100.