Don’t miss these June 19 events in Evanston

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Are you planning to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend?

It’s been a year since President Joseph Biden enacted the federal holiday commemorating the date in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were told by newly arrived federal troops that they were free, two years and a half after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Whether you’ve celebrated June 19 your whole life or this year is the first time, here are some suggestions on how to celebrate Black freedom this weekend:

Go to the June 19 celebration in Evanston: Meet at Ingraham Park at the Civic Center for a party that lasts until 6 p.m. It is organized by Kemone Hendricks through his non-profit company, Evanston Present & Future, and his for-profit company, Mari & Mari Enterprises, in conjunction with the City of Evanston.

Festivities at Ingrahm Park will include performances from Kingsway Preparatory School, Funkadesi, the Donovan Mixon Jazz Quintet, Christ Temple Choir and food from Jecky’s BBQ, Happy Taco, Firehouse Grill and C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor. Come and enjoy dozens of arts and crafts vendors, as well as multiple hands-on activities for the family.

See the Juneteenth Frederick Douglass exhibit at Northwestern’s Deering Library: Freedom for All: Slavery and Abolition in 19th Century America is a new exhibit at the Charles Deering Library on Northwestern University’s lakeside campus. The exhibit features rarely seen articles and letters about slavery and subsequent freedom by Frederick Douglass, as well as other material from the 19th-century Black American experience. A version of the exhibition is available online, but the exhibition was deliberately curated for a June 19 exhibition.

look The great return, a film on local repairs: The documentary, which premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, is directed by Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and follows the journey of former City Councilman Robin Rue Simmons and other city officials while that they try to set up the local reparations program. It’s available for home screening on the Tribeca Film Festival website for $20.

Consult the library: The Evanston Public Library is hosting several Juneteenth events.

  • From 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, the Robert Crown branch of the library will be hosting a family game night with quizzes and games such as “Black Card Revoked.” A few black-owned restaurants in Evanston will serve.
  • From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, the library is hosting a Juneteenth Sip & Paint at Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster Street. Attendees can expect to make art, have great conversations, and drink beer with the community. All art materials will be provided. Register here.
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