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Juneteenth – 2023

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Join us as we host our 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival in Holland! 

This community welcome event will take place from June 10 – June 19

Freedom Festival activities include:

  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
  • DJ & Live music by National Recording Artist, STEVEN MALCOLM
  • Local Talent
  • Community Speakers
  • Food Vendors
  • Business Vendors
  • Live t-shirt printing
  • Information Booths
  • “I AM” Kids Graffiti Experience
  • Inflatables, Balloon Animals, & More!
 

This year our theme is I AM Genius. We are focusing on helping our students discover their genius within! All funds raised will help continue providing representation, mentorship, and opportunities for our Black Youth in the West Michigan area.

ABOUT JUNETEENTH

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the day in 1865 when the enslaved people of Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished and that they were free. While Michigan recognized Juneteenth as a holiday in 2005, we in Holland have been celebrating the history of Juneteenth since 2000!

THE 2023 JUNETEENTH SCHEDULE

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 10 & 11

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3on3 Juneteenth Jump-Off Basketball Tournament

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Kid's Story Time at the Market - 9:30 AM

Holland Civic Center (150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423)

Join us at the Farmers Market for story time and kids activities!

Black Majesty a Juneteenth Fashion Show

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 & FRIDAY, JUNE 16

Black Majesty a Juneteenth Fashion Show - 7:00 PM / 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

MillerKnoll (375 W 48th St, Holland, MI)

I AM Academy is a proud sponsor of this event put on by Mode Fille Noire. A night to celebrate black royalty, excellence, performace, and fashion.

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Freedom Night Pre-Party - Doors Open at 8:00 PM

Tulip City Brewstillery (430 W 17th St Suite 27, Holland, MI 49423)

Come pre-party with us! That’s right we are bringing back the good old pre-game celebration. Come dance with us and PJ DA DJ! Have a few drinks of your choice and celebrate the night away! 

Tickets = $25

*All tickets include one free drink of your choice (non-alcoholic is available).

Ticket link below!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 17

Juneteenth Freedom Festival & Market - 2:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Kollen Park (240 Kollen Park Dr, Holland, MI 49423)

Come shop from over 60 vendors, food trucks, makers, artists, crafters, and hobbyists. Let your kids play in one of our 4 large inflatables and grab a free balloon animal while visiting the vendors for more activities. 

Don’t forget! Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy a program from our students and community. Then at 5:30 PM get ready for a live performances by National Recording Artist Steven Malcolm! 

ABOUT: STEVEN MALCOLM

Festival volunteers needed! – see link below

Vendor registration is closed! 

FREEDOM FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2:00 PM – Welcome to Juneteenth by I AM Academy’s Co-Founders: Henry and Lindsay Cherry 

Black National Anthem – Sam Kirk, Rakendra Davis, and Crystal Wright 

Land acknowledgment – Aubree Veltema 

Ancestor Acknowledgement – Laura Clippard

Presenting Black Graduates and Scholarships – Aniya Johnson

2:20 PM – Drumming Experience – Kevin Jones and Drummers

3:25 PM – Holland Middle School Pep Squad Performance:

Coach: Sam Kirk; Students: Mi’Queen Berry, Miona Rodgers, Uniah Palmer, Serenity Floyd, Kyra Moore, Jazmine Negron, Mackenzie Aittama, Trinity Culbreath

*Music, Sponsors, & Raffle!

4:00 PM – Hope College Repertory Theater

4:25 PM – Performance Spoken Word – Holland High School Students:

Nickole Devine, Zinyah Dubose, Jaelynn Brandon, and Jahzara Yarbrough

*Music, Sponsors, & Raffle!

CONCERT IN THE PARK

4:40 PM – Local Band

Sunday Crazies Band

5:40 PM – Ray & The P.A.C.K. 

6:00 PM – International Music Artist

STEVEN MALCOLM! 

MONDAY, JUNE 19

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'That Day: Juneteenth the Play' - 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Holland Community Theatre (50 W 9th St, Holland, MI 49423)

This short play tells the story of 6 slaves on a plantation in Galveston, Texas who hear a rumor that they might be free. The information is brought to them by the gossiping house slave. Do they dare to discuss their dreams of freedom and prosperity for themselves and loved ones if this rumor is true?

I AM Academy is a proud sponsor of this event put on by Theenda Yarbrough (Miss Cookie).

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History Talk - 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Holland Museum (31 W 10th St, Holland, MI 49423)

This year’s History Talk will be hosted by the Holland Museum! Come hear from Tracee Bruce, author of the book, Systems that Shape(d) Black America. We think you will find the book with its 40 history lessons very accessible for both the young and seasoned. Her book can be found here or on Amazon.

We will also have a kids history talk surrounding the geniuses of our past!

This is a free event!

No pre-registration is required.

The 2022 Juneteenth Freedom Festival!

The 2022 Juneteenth Freedom Festival!

The 2022 Juneteenth Freedom Festival!

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