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Chatham Community Library to Co-Sponsor 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Post Date:05/22/2019 3:21 PM

In keeping with its commitment to be an integral part of the community, Chatham Community Library, in partnership with Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE), is co-sponsoring the 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10:45 AM - 6:00 PM at the Chatham Agricultural & Conference Center (192 US Hwy 64 Business, Pittsboro).  Doors open at 10:30 AM. 

Juneteenth increases understanding and unity concerning slavery and the historic efforts required to abolish it. It brings a strong sense of pride about the commitment that African Americans have made to the betterment of life for their children and grandchildren. The observance will also draw attention to modern-day slavery, such as unlawful child labor and human trafficking, and provide information on how we may work together as a community toward eliminating it.

The 2019 Juneteenth celebration will feature informative talks by historians from three North Carolina universities.  Dr. Charles Johnson of NC Central University will speak on "African Civilization Before Slavery", Chatham County Commissioner Dr. James Crawford will present on "The Origins and Trajectory of Slavery in the US", and Dr. Arwin Smallwood of North Carolina A&T will discuss "Native Americans, Africans and Slavery in NC". Robin Colbert and Christy Croft from the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault will discuss "Human Trafficking in the Historical Context of Slavery". 

The event will also showcase engaging performance artists, such as the Tryon Palace Jonkonnu Drummers and award-winning actor and author, Mitch Capel. These artists will be joined by poets, storytellers, musicians, and others whose work demonstrates the depth of the African American heritage and the wide range of important contributions that African Americans have made to the state and country.

Health screenings, information on nutrition, family fitness activities, displays and exhibits will be offered. Additionally, “A Child’s World” exhibit will provide learning experiences, crafts and storytelling specifically geared to younger audiences. 

A variety of food trucks will be on site. The first 400 guests to arrive will receive a FREE $5.00 food truck coupon.

The event is FREE and open to the public and is made possible with partial funding from the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.

For more information, please visit or call the Library at (919) 545-8084.


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