WAYNE – A full weekend will highlight Juneteenth in Wayne.
The Third annual Juneteenth in Wayne will celebrate ‘Music for the Soul’ as events will be at Bressler Park on Sunday, June 19 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Endia Casey-Agoumba has been celebrating this for decades.
“But it is new as opposed to lot of people don’t know about it, they don’t know what it means,” said Agoumba. “We just combined the word June 19 to Juneteenth. So, it’s Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day; it’s known by many different names.”
Juneteenth is generally a festive day to enjoy freedom where there’s a BBQ, games, a Miss Juneteenth contest and parades.
This year’s event will highlight ‘Music for the Soul’ as the local group Crazy 8’s will be performing on Sunday at Bressler Park.
Juneteenth is on Father’s Day this year which will feature ‘Bad Dad’ jokes along with ‘My Dad Would Rather’ games and a lip sync battle.
Uncle Jarrol’s BBQ will also serve food and there’ll be plenty of prize-giveaways.
There will also be a Freedom Walk, being a 2.5 mile walk put on by the Exercises is Freedom class from Wayne State College which will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Freedom Park near the old pool at West 13th and Lincoln Street, according to Sherry Dorman.
“A good walk,” Dorman added. “Get out there and there’ll be some informational signs along the way. We have prizes that day, we are going to, because it is Father’s Day, raffle a BBQ grill off.”
Raffle tickets for the grill will be one for $5 or three tickets for $10.
The Fred G. Dale Planetarium will offer the movie ‘How It Feels To Be Free’ on Friday, June 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. followed by a light show ‘Sky Watches of Africa’ along with a dance party. Also on Saturday, June 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. the planetarium will have music ‘Summer of Soul’.
The WSC Planetarium is located in the Carhart Science Building on the campus of Wayne State College and visitors can enter the southwest door to get to the lowest level.
The goal of the ‘That Ain’t Right’ group is to bring awareness of issues within the Black communities and to provide education through fun means, a podcast/video on Facebook and local events. More information can be found on the ‘That Ain’t Right’ Facebook page.
“We do have a lot of educators, we have a lot of community members,” Agoumba mentioned. “So, please join. We need all the help we can get to get the message out, to get the diversity out. Wayne is a great community; we just need to put in the work.”
Like Wayne, Nebraska Juneteenth on Facebook along with Wayne Juneteenth on Instagram and Juneteenth Wayne on Twitter for more information.