Saturday, June 19:
Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market
Read “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper (Picture Window Books, 2016) as you walk around the Museum Square in the latest StoryWalk® installation from the Bloomington Public Library! Enjoy it as part of a visit to the Farmers’ Market between 7:30-12:00, or later in the day on Saturday or Sunday. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 14 countries, including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Korea! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Bloomington Public Library, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project are pleased to offer this cooperative program.
At 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. Willie Holton Halbert will portray a variety of Living Statues, as follows: Caribell Washington, Robert Gaston, Lucinda Posey, and Merlin Kennedy. These performances will take place on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street during the weekly Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market.
At 10:45 a.m. on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street, BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities’ Step Inn Performance Team will do their Juneteenth street performance. This dance is a story of history, fight for rights, and the hope of glory soon to come. This dance was choreographed to stand up for our community. The songs they will be performing to are about having faith that one day we will have no judgement for our skin.
Saturday Virtual Celebration:
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Welcome... Mistress of Ceremonies Tiffani Jackson, founder of Onyx Connect Media
National Anthem - Aniya Thompson
Youth Creative Arts Showcase & Performances:
Derrick Jones (6 years old/Kindergarten) - Drawing
Timmie and Kirah Allison (7 & 8 year old/1st & 2nd graders) - Singing
Liana Miliken ( 9 years old/ 4th grade) - Painting
Dance performance by BCAI
Author of, "I'm Proud of My Ancestors" - Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum
Jessica Davis ( 11 year old/5th grade) - Poetry
"HANDLEZ MCGEE" - Spoken Word
Adhrut Kulkarni (11 year old/6th grade) Poetry Written
Bradley Ross Jackson (15 years old/Poetry Performance/Written) - Poetry
Presentation of Awards