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12th Annual NYC Juneteenth Family Festival Integrates In-Person and Virtual Experience over 3-Day Event

Juneteenth Festival NYC

Juneteenth Festival Celebration

Juneteenth Family Festival NYC

Live Celebration to Feature Day-Long Music and Dance Performances in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park; Clinics With Knicks & Rangers

I am thrilled with this year’s enthusiasm for our 12 annual Juneteenth Festival NYC,” said Juneteenth NYC's Athenia Rodney. “There are so many reasons to celebrate Black culture and accomplishments.”
— Athenia Rodney
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA, June 17, 2021 / -- 12th Annual NYC Juneteenth Family Festival Integrates
In-Person and Virtual Experience Promising the Most Exciting Juneteenth Gathering Yet

Live Celebration to Feature Day-Long Music and Dance Performances in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park

Clinics With New York Knicks and Rangers; Performances by WNBA Liberty’s Timeless Torches as well as Educational Sessions on Health, Finance, Art, Poetry & More

With Juneteenth only 2 days away, momentum and excitement are building for the 12th annual Juneteenth NYC Family Festival, June 18-20, in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park, with virtual participation across the country. Attendees can register to receive the link to the virtual portion of the festival here. A detailed schedule of events can be found here.

The three-day festival will be a celebration of Black music, dance, wellness, poetry, and accomplishments. The event will begin on Friday, June 18th virtually and on Saturday, June 19th will become a hybrid celebration at Herbert Von King Park. On Sunday, June 20th, the event will remain a hybrid experience at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Amphitheater where we encourage participants to support the young entrepreneurs making a difference in our community. Attendees can register to receive the link to the virtual portion of the festival here.

The virtual program which will begin on Friday, June 18, will feature a wide range of wellness sessions including workshops on mental health, diet, kidney health, Lupus, organ donation and more. The history of Juneteenth, Black Wall Street and Kwanzaa will also be presented.

On Saturday, the New York Knicks and Rangers will be holding basketball and hockey clinics for kids and WNBA Liberty’s dance team will be performing along with its mascot Ellie the Elephant who will be there to entertain. There will be a variety of uplifting, interactive performances from a drum line to skits to a wide range of musical performances including Afro Beats and Afro Fusion.

The Brooklyn Public Library will unveil its first-ever limited-edition Black American Library card during the Festival and will be distributing the card to attendees.

“I am thrilled with this year’s enthusiasm for our Juneteenth Festival NYC,” said Juneteenth NYC Organization’s Athenia Rodney. “When we started the festival 12 years ago, few were even aware that Juneteenth was an important day in our history, marking freedom from slavery. On the heels of Juneteenth just becoming a federal holiday, there are so many reasons to celebrate Black culture and accomplishments which is why, for the first time, the Festival will take place over three days. The community is ready and eager to celebrate!”

“The essence of the WNBA and the NY Liberty is a celebration of black culture, as a league consisting of more than 80% women of color. The Liberty has been commemorating Juneteenth for many years, and could not be more proud to do so for the first time, in the heart of Brooklyn during the Juneteenth NYC Family Festival,” said Keia Clarke, CEO of the NY Liberty.

This year’s festival theme, “Rebirthing the Roots of Entrepreneurial Excellence,” will honor and explore the history of our entrepreneurial ancestors and empower the entrepreneurs of our community today.

Virtual participants can register here to enjoy the three day event on a robust platform where they can experience the festival in its entirety. They will have access to all entertainment, workshops and live programs in a multi-dimensional format.

Festival Sponsors as of June 16, 2021 include:

W.P. Carey Inc.
The Brooklyn Nets
New York Liberty
Lupus Research Alliance
Emblem Health
MSG Sports, NY Knicks and NY Rangers
New York State of Health
Success Academy Charter Schools
AARP New York
East New York Restoration
American Heart Association
Ascend Public Charter Schools
Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus
Umoja Events
Liberty Coca-Cola
The Drivers Cooperative
The Labz
Con Edison
Rise Up NY Campaign
Start Small Think Big
Ms. Spudz Everything Potatoes No Gravy
Union Square Hospitality Group
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
Yoga Now
ComfiArt Design
The Home Depot/Bedford-Stuyvesant

Community Partners
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Public Library
Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet
Destiny Helpers Outreach Inc

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nathalie Tejada or by phone at (646) 548-8282 or see here.

To register for the event, please visit:

Founded in 2009 with the mission to educate, empower, and entertain the community, the Juneteenth NYC Family Festival aims to bring the community together and to create conversations that will evoke change, unity, and healing.

Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States of America. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending enslavement, Union soldiers delivered this news to Galveston, Texas proclaiming freedom for Black people. Today, Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, achievement, and cultural community with food, dancing, singing, and as of 2021, Juneteenth is recognized as an official holiday in New York City and in many other locales.

Alissa Neil
Juneteenth Festival NY
+1 917-328-4889

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