JuneTEENth Festival kicks off Summer of Youth Safety & Opportunity

June 16th, 2017

The Black Child Legacy Campaign hosted a youth spoken word competition at the Youth Safety & Opportunity Festival at Cesar Chavez Park on June 15. The celebration kicked off Sacramento’s 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, and included live entertainment, food trucks and art labs, including a graffiti wall, breakdancing and art demonstrations. Youth from throughout Sacramento had an opportunity to learn about health, education and employment opportunities in the community.

Juneteenth, known as Freedom Day when African-American slaves were emancipated, is celebrated this year from June 15-17. Other activities include the “Gospel Under the Stars” concert on Friday, June 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at William Land Park’s Amphitheater, featuring some of Sacramento’s gospel artists and a fashion show by Mario B Productions. The celebration continues on Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a festival in William Land Park with live entertainment, educational and art exhibits, a health and wellness pavilion, talent show, guest speakers, area vendors and more.

The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths to reduce the number of black child mortalities. Tragically, for 20 years, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team has consistently found that African American children died at a rate two times higher than children of other races.

The Steering Committee is funded by the County of Sacramento, the City of Sacramento and First 5 Sacramento, and is managed by The Center.