Join the city of Scottsdale and GenerationBLK for Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the beautiful McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. This family-friendly community event is free and open to the public.
Come out and enjoy a relaxed community vibe with games and music, including live performances from rap artist Touré Masters, Wo Nice 500 and violinist Jonathan Levingston. Food and other refreshments will be available for purchase from AZ BBQ Shack, Ridiculous Cookies, Jamba Juice and Phoenix Urban Art Market.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. A celebration of freedom, Juneteenth is the only holiday that commemorated the abolition of slavery, specifically the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas, who did not receive the news until two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
“Juneteenth is very valuable and necessary to our culture and our community. It’s important for us to understand the hurdles we went through as individuals and as a people,” said Shanell Ballard, from Generation BLK. “This day brings solidarity for all of us. It’s also our chance to share our culture and education with the community.”
“As someone that grew up acknowledging Juneteenth, celebrating the way we should as a community has always been a must,” said Indica Rivers, a Scottsdale resident and one of the founders of GenerationBLK. “It is an honor for not only me but everyone on GenerationBLK’s team to be able to bring that vision to life and create new traditions while bringing back the old ones.”
Beer permits are available for purchase by calling 480-312-7672 or onsite at the railroad park on the day of the event.
Families can bring their chairs or a picnic on the lawn. Park amenities feature the Scottsdale Charros carousel and the train ride. Tickets for these rides are $3 per person.
The city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports diverse groups who align with positive change through kindness, empathy, respect and civility - the values of a Golden Rule City.
Sharon Cini, diversity and inclusion program manager and GenerationBLK said that their organizations came together after seeing continuing injustices against communities of color.
“Together we wanted to take a stand toward developing a more positive environment for ourselves and our families. We are delighted to be able to put another celebration together again for not only for ourselves, but neighbors.”
This event is also sponsored by the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit GenerationBLK.org or contact Scottsdale’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 480-312-2727.