Springfield NAACP and Community Partnership of the Ozarks hosting weekend Juneteenth celebration

Springfield NAACP and Community Partnership of the Ozarks hosting weekend Juneteenth celebration

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Springfield’s NAACP chapter and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks are hosting a weekend-long Juneteenth celebration to commemorate the holiday.

Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday in 2021, but it’s been celebrated for decades. It commemorates an important day in African-American culture.

“President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1 of 1863. Fast forward to June 19 1865, where Galveston, Texas soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas to let about 250,000 enslaved African Americans know that they also were freed,” said Darline Mabins, community diversity and equity director at Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Mabins says celebrating Juneteenth is important to recognize a pivotal moment in our history.

“I believe Juneteenth is a part of our history. It’s a positive part of our history that we should all recognize and all celebrate, and I think as a country, it’s one more reminder of the good things that we’re doing. To celebrate the the achievements we’ve done, freeing enslaved African-Americans is something we should all celebrate. It’s something we should all take part of,” said Mabins.

That’s why CPO and the NAACP are hosting a Juneteenth celebration right here in Springfield, to celebrate the holiday and bring people together. There’s so much in store for the whole weekend, including a concert at the Gilloiz Theater Friday night, a vendor market from 11 to 4 Saturday at the Springfield Expo Center, and services at churches on Sunday.

“t’s just a great day for everybody to hear music, learn about some of the community events we have going on, learn about some of our vendors and our small business community,” said Mabins.

Mabins and other organizers believe this is an important celebration to bring to Springfield.

“Springfield is growing, and I believe most in our community want to be accepting. We want to show that we care and value others and their history, and I think with our population of African Americans being slightly over four percent, this is a way to show them that they’re seen and that we as a community, we want to celebrate that with them,” said Mabins.

Event organizers encourage everyone to come out and take part in the community-wide events.

“It’s a celebration of our history. A positive moment in our history is a celebration of our culture, and I think whatever we are working on being more of a community of inclusion and more learning from one another. These are the type of events where you can meet people that you normally may not see in your circle of influence and meet some of the other small businesses that we have in our community. Our multicultural business owners will have several vendors there, as well. So to learn about these pockets of culture that we have here, right here in Springfield,” said Mabins.

Mabins also hopes everyone is able to have fun at the event.

“We’ll have a lot of fun. I think it’s going to be a really fun weekend, and a chance to get out. Timmons Church, one of our historical black churches, they will be having an event on Sunday as well. So it’s an opportunity to meet people that you haven’t met before hear music and really just fellowship and learn from each other,” said Mabins.

For a full list of everything going on, you can visit SGF Juneteenth’s website here.

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