2017 Juneteenth Schedule of Activities

"Reconnecting To the Past, Understanding the Present, Building A Brighter

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Future, Focusing On the Keeping the Spirit of Juneteenth Alive!"

42nd Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo:

Saturday, June 17th & Sunday June 18th • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Best Street & Fillmore

This is Buffalo's 42nd Juneteenth Festival :

SATURDAY JUNE 17

•PRAISE & WORSHIP 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Sponsored by WUFO Radio Station)

•THE JUNETEENTH PARADE – begins at Genesee Street and Moselle – 11:00AM

• BUFFALO Public Schools present Art activities (creating masks, jewelry making, stamping and button making – from 10:00 to 5:00PM, near MLK Jr. Bust

•MARCUS GARVEY ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR AND EXPO. Location: The Marcus Garvey Shelter (behind Arts and Culture Stage). The all age science interactive activity will be from 2pm to 7pm. There will be hands on Science experiments and presentations from local, national, and international guests who are practicing in careers related to science.

• ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

2:15: Juini Booth & Company

3:30: Patricia Edwards & Company

5:00: Bilal Nugravee,

6:30: Will Holton

Sponsored by M & T Bank

•AFRICAN HERITAGE CHALK WALK AND CRAFTS

Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education Art Department.

Location: Paved area near the MLK Bust

•GIRLS and Boys BASKETBALL SHOWCASE 1– 6 PM at the Basketball Courts

•UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS:

2:00 PM and 4:00 PM Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore.

•HEALTH PAVILION

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Vendors alley on Fillmore

near Martin Luther King Drive. Sponsor: Great Lakes Health (Kaleida Health/E.C.M.C), and New York State of Health

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY TENT:

11:00 PM to 6::00 PM.

Activity tent area.Face painting Saturday from 11:30AM to

3:00PM by Sara, SPCA presents

Wildlife display from11:00 to 3:00PM. Erie County Public Library presents The Book Mobile 10:00 to 6:00PM Location: Behind the small wading pool.

•YOUTH ACTIVITIES

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Location: Behind the small wading pool

•BOOK SHARING 1 to 7 P.M. Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust. on

Fillmore Avenue. Sponsor: Project Flight

•HERITAGE TENT Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

ARTS & CULTURE STAGE

Location: Parade & Fillmore Streets Reenactment of historical events will also occur on the Arts & Culture Stage

 SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH (2:00PM - 8:00PM)

2:00pm Access to Afreeka with Ras Jomo

2:30pm History of Juneteenth Play; 2:45pm Jessie B. Semple

2:55pm Brother Taharka; 3:00pm African American Cultural Center

3:45pm Mohammed School of Music; 4:20pm GOODNE$$ -Poetry

4:25pm UNIA, Black Panthers, Moorish Science Temple, Food Co-op

4:40pm Rhonda Mingo Jazz Singer; 4.50pm Jillian Hanesworth - Poetry

5:00pm Harlem Renaissance; 5:20pm Jessie B. Semple

5:45pm Just Resisting - Song & Dance Group

6:00pm Kenyada Davis - Singer; 6:20pm Mahogany Jazz

6:50pm 4 B Lo-Singers; 7:10pm Griot Nation/WBLK

7:20pm Louie Flame

7:45pm WBLK, Griots, Jessie B. Semple Rap Up Ramp Up


SUNDAY JUNE 18

•MARCUS GARVEY ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR AND EXPO. Location: The Marcus Garvey Shelter (behind Arts and Culture Stage). The all age science interactive activity will be from 2pm to 7pm. There will be hands on Science experiments and presentations from local, national, and international guests who are practicing in careers related to science.

•ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

1:00: Denzell Ward & Cool Platinum

2:15: Nikki Hicks & Momma’s Biscuits

3:45: JTF

5:15: Ella Robinson & New Beginnings

6:30:The Fabulous Old School B-Boys

Sponsored by M & T Bank

•AFRICAN HERITAGE CHALK WALK AND CRAFTS

Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education Art Department.

Location: Paved area near the MLK Bust

•GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL SHOWCASE  1– 6 PM at the Basketball Courts

•UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS: 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore.

•HEALTH PAVILION 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Location: Vendors alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. Sponsor: Great Lakes Health (Kaleida Health/E.C.M.C), and New York State of Health

• CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY TENT: 11:00 PM to 6::00 PM.

•CHESS TOURNAMENT 12:00 Noon to 4:30: Location: Near MLK bust.

•YOUTH ACTIVITIES 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Location: Behind the small wading pool

•BOOK SHARING 1 to 7 P.M. Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust. on Fillmore Avenue. Sponsor: Project Flight

•HERITAGE TENT

Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of

heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

•CHURCH SERVICEs provided by Friendship Baptist Church from 9:30 to 12noon

• “FREE” AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE class all -age at 2pm – 4:00PM (across from the tennis courts @ MLK Jr. Park)

 SUNDAY, JUNE 18TH (1:00PM - 8:00PM)

1:00pm Kenyada Davis-Gospel; 1:20pm Divas of Buffalo -Dance

1:35pm Trey Davis - Rap/Poet; 1:45pm MJ-Rap

1:50pm Montyy Capeesh - Rap; 2:00pm History of Juneteenth Play

2:20pm Jillian Hanesworth - Poet; 2:25pm Xantana - Rap

2:35pm JoyMeka Musiq - Singer; 2:50pm De’Laney Daniels - Singer

3:05pm Legendary - Poet; 3:15pm Lou Turnner - Christian Rap

3:30pm Omgmere - Rapper; 3:40pm Dave Stewey - Singer

3:50pm Martin Sonchild - Reggae Singer

4:00pm “Sum’er” - aka - Jessica Miller - Singer and Band

4:15pm FragranceandJuan Cosmic Energy

4:40pm Spadeo Nation - Rap; 4:50pm Khalid Ross - Rapper/Singer

5:00pm Daniel Coronado - Singer; 5:10pm Lorrance Prince -Singer

5:20pm Curtis Vance Jr. - Rapper/Singer

5:35pm Divine and Deboniar - Rap; 6:00pm Cash is Green -Rap

6:20pm Zaydok - Rap Gospel

6:40pm The Scribe - Giants on this Earth!

6:45pm IGNITE! - Reggae Band


Juneteenth to Host Tenth Annual MAAFA Memorial Service

Daughters of Creative Sound perform at the 2015 Maafa Celebration at Broderick Park.

Daughters of Creative Sound perform at the 2015 Maafa Celebration at Broderick Park.

The Juneteenth Festival, Inc. of Buffalo will sponsor the Tenth Annual MAAFA Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The program will begin at 6:00pm at Broderick Park (at the foot of Ferry). There will be community drumming led by Ras Jomo and Libations with Amon Ra Ptah Hotep Imhotep and Bilala Ka Ra. Other program participants will include GOODNE$$, Daughters of Creative Sound, Dayatra and Paulo. The speaker will be Robert Djed Snead, storyteller, author, poet and historical reenactor from Rochester. We ask that the community participate in #What Is Freedom to You #wifty. Also everyone is encouraged to wear white or African clothing for the program. Flowers will be donated from Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market for the closing ceremony which honors our ancestors. MAAFA (pronounced (Mah ah fah)) is a Kiswahili word that means great disaster or terrible occurrence. Some people use the term Holocaust, however, in the African tradition MAAFA is used in reference to what happened to African people during the enslavement period and beyond. The MAAFA Memorial Service will be a Day of Remembrance, recognizing 500 years of the suffering of African people on the continent of Africa, the Diaspora and in America.In case of rain we may meet at Juneteenth Headquarters, Genesee St. at Moselle. For further information about this special event, please contact


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GRACING THE JUNETEENTH ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

ON SATURDAY IN MLK PARK:

2:15 Juini Booth & Company;

3:30 Patricia Edwards & Company; and 5:00 Bilal Nugravee; 6:30: Will Holton.

ON SUNDAY: 1:00 Denzell Ward &Cool Platinum;

2:15 Nikki Hicks & Momma’s Biscuits;

3:45 JTF; 5:15 Ella Robinson & New Beginnings;

6:30 The Fabulous Old School B-Boys..

Sponsored by M & T Bank SEE PAGE 8 FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS AND COMPLETE


Langston Hughes’ Jesse B. Semple Comes Alive

at Buffalo, Juneteenth Festival

*Photo Journalist Frank Stewart for the Wynton Marsalis  Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s World Premiere “Jesse B. Semple Suite.”

*Photo Journalist Frank Stewart for the Wynton Marsalis  Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s World Premiere “Jesse B. Semple Suite.”

Langston Hughes’ Jesse B. Semple Comes Alive at Buffalo, Juneteenth Festival *Photo Journalist Frank Stewart for the Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s World Premiere “Jesse B. Semple Suite.” Juneteenth Festival’s Art & Culture Stage theme for the 2017 celebration is The Harlem Renaissance and will feature acclaim solo performer “Ade” Anthony Thompson performing selections of his adaptations of Langston Hughes’ “SIMPLE TALES ” and poems Saturday June 17th, 2017 starting at 2:00 PM. An African-American poet, novelist and playwright, Langston Hughes chronicled the experiences of ordinary African-American people, contrasting the beauty of their souls with the oppressive circumstances of their lives. He made his mark as a major writer of the Harlem Renaissance who came to be seen as the most representative of African-American writers and certainly the most original of African-American poets. Ade is celebrating his 33rd year anniversary adapting Hughes’ literary works for the stage and the artistic development of his legendary character the voice of Harlem Jesse B. Simple. April 8, 2010 Anthony Thompson was honored as “Humanist, Artist and Steward of the Langston Hughes Legacy “and presented The Langston Hughes Society Award on April 8, 2010 at the Seventieth Annual College Language Association Convention in Brooklyn New, York. In April 2009, Thompson, ON STAGE... collaborating with trombonist Vincent Gardner, made his New York City debut as Jesse B. Simple at the Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s World Premiere “Jesse B. Semple Suite.”