Brookings 5th annual Juneteenth Celebration happening at Pioneer Park

Brookings 5th annual Juneteenth Celebration happening at Pioneer Park
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BROOKINGS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – The Brookings Human Rights Commission will sponsor the 5th annual Brookings Juneteenth Celebration on Wednesday at Pioneer Park.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“You can expect a lot of music, some children’s activities including bubbles and community art, we’re going to have some drumming, some presentations about what it is to live as a black man in South Dakota in our present time, learn about the history of African American communities in South Dakota,” said Dianne Nagy with the Brookings Human Rights Commission.

The event will feature nine-piece, New Orleans-style brass band the Brass Kickin’ Riverband, food vendors and vendors including black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

“We’re also going to have a program that’s going to include a mayoral proclamation, we’re going to have a reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, we’re going to have a couple of speakers from Sioux Falls. Langston (Newton), who’s the president of the NAACP chapter in Sioux Falls, is going to come and speak and hopefully inspire some of the youth here in Brookings to establish a local chapter here. And Julian Beaudion is coming, he’s the director of the African American History Museum in Sioux Falls,” said Nagy.

This evening’s event is free to attend and open to all. More information on the Juneteenth Celebration in Brookings can be found here.

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