UA to host Juneteenth celebration June 16 at The Gardens

Tulsa jazz artist Michael Fields, one of the musical performers for this year’s Juneteenth celebration

A local Juneteenth celebration is planned on the University of Arkansas Campus this weekend.

The event, organized by the University of Arkansas’ African American Resource Group and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee, is set for 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at The Gardens on the University of Arkansas Campus.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of the anniversary of African American emancipation, and celebrates African American freedom and achievement and encourages continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

The afternoon will include live music by jazz artist Michael Fields, hip-hop artist Michael Day, and gospel artist Stephen Ivey.

In addition, there will be a cookout, ice cream, games for families, inflatables, a “run, jump, and throw competition,” a football toss, a basketball shoot-out, and other activities.

Several local vendors and businesses will also be on hand, and the NWA Community Clinic will hold a health fair featuring free medican and dental screenings, and answering general medical questions.

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