By H.R. Harris
Let’s say you are looking for Juneteenth celebrations in the DMV but don’t want to go into the District of Columbia? Well look no more. Our Juneteenth activity scout has curated a short list of the best parades, marches, concerts, and ways to meet “kinfolk” during Juneteenth weekend in the Maryland communities surrounding Washington DC. Read on for even more options if you can make the drive to picturesque Annapolis – gateway to the Eastern Shore, where so much of Black people’s history happened…and still does.
Black folk created ways to make something from anything we could find, so come out and test your entrepreneurial mind this weekend. Instead of a BBQ, Patrice Royal & Johnny (Venny) Moody of the Palmer Park Community are hosting the 1st Annual “Juneteenth Entrepreneurship-Q,” a Community Small-Business Expo.
The event is taking place Sun, June 19, 2022, between 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
7600 Allendale Circle, Hyattsville, MD 20785.
A coalition of churches is coming together for a “Unity in the Community” Juneteeth Celebration in District Heights this Saturday, June 18, 2022, at noon at 6419 Marlboro Pike.
Participating churches include Hemingway Memorial AME Church, First Baptist Church of District Heights, Food 4 Thought, Delegate Nick Charles, City of District Heights (Mayor’s office), Love AME Church, St. Paul Church, and Christ Kingdom Church for a day of celebration.
The celebration will take place Saturday, June 18, from 12-5 pm. The parade starts at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of District Heights (7234 Lansdale St, District Heights, MD 20747)
Celebration and Protest will share the same streets in Montgomery County this Sunday when organizers of a Bethesda Juneteenth event will march to save an African American cemetery in the area.
The event takes place this Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road in Bethesda. The Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition will lead a march from the church to the nearby site of the Moses African Cemetery.
The cemetery was desecrated in the 1960’s by construction workers building the Westwood Tower apartments. The majority of the gravesites remain hidden under paved parking spaces at the apartment tower. There are additional graves on a second site across the Willett Branch stream next to the self-storage construction site behind McDonald’s.
The church and coalition are fighting Montgomery County officials and developers to restore and memorialize the burial ground, prevent any further construction on it, and potentially transfer stewardship of the land to the church.
A banner will be raised on the Capital Crescent Trail Bridge over River Road during the ceremony, and a traditional African libation ritual will be presented by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
Event Speakers include Harvey Matthews, former resident of the lost black community on River Road, historian C.R. Gibbs, County Council At-Large candidate Brandy Brooks, Circuit Court Judge Candidate Marylyn Pierre, and activist Robert Stubblefield.
Musical and dance performers will include Luci Murphy, Karen Wilson Ama Ethefu, Freedome Nsaroma Lee-El, Martha Peterson, and EverGreen Productions. Representatives from the Poor People’s Campaign, UNIA, Party for Socialism and Liberation, The Claudia Jones Organization, and the Green Party will also attend.
The Annapolis Juneteenth Planning Committee and the City of Annapolis are hosting the second annual Juneteenth celebration with a VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 17, and a parade and festival on Saturday, June 18.
The two-day Juneteenth celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (173 Jennifer Road in Annapolis). The cost is $100. There will be a cocktail hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the gala and awards ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. African attire is requested but not required. See below for links to purchase tickets.
The celebration continues Saturday, June 18, with a parade and festival. The parade will begin at the Annapolis City Dock at noon. City Dock is not only home to the Alex Haley Memorial but is also a designated “UNESCO Middle Passage Site of Remembrance,” indicating the role of the Annapolis port as a destination for the trade of human cargo.
The parade will continue up Main Street and end at Maryland Hall/Bates Athletic Complex. During the parade, there will be rolling road closures. Be alert to Annapolis Police’s direction.
The parade will conclude at Bates Athletic Complex, where there will be a festival with live music and entertainment, vendors, food, and a Freedom Way display from 2 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display. Admission to the festival is free.
For gala ticket information, visit https://tinyurl.com/Annapolis-Juneteenth-Gala.
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