African Heritage, Inc. kicks off June 16 with annual “Freedom Day” celebration in Appleton, Wisconsin

African Heritage, Inc. Celebrates Graduates at Juneteenth Festival 2021 in Appleton

“This year marks our organization’s 12th annual celebration in Appleton, and we’re excited to extend the Juneteenth experience through July 4 with a series of virtual seminars.”

AfricanHeritage, Inc., a non-profit organization that empowers the black community through cultural exchange and education, announced its 12th annual celebration on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. . The community event will take place on Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, at Jones Park, 301 W Lawrence Street in downtown Appleton.

For more than two decades, African Heritage, Inc. (AHI) has supported educational and cultural exchange between the black community and those interested in issues affecting black America. This year, the Appleton-based nonprofit is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to celebrate Juneteenth with an in-person outdoor festival. The event will feature a variety of attractions with tribute performances to iconic celebrities such as Prince, Tina Turner and Beyonce. The lineup will also include entertainment from local gospel choirs, The Jesse White Tumblers, food vendors, cooking demonstrations with award-winning chef Ace Champion and motivational speaker Keith L. Brown “Mr. Possible” as master of ceremonies.

“As a grassroots organization, we are grateful to have a dedicated team of volunteers and generous sponsors,” says Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran. “Their incredible support allows us to offer educational, fun and impactful programs, like our June 19 celebration, that are always free to the public.”

Admission to the park is free for all attendees, and recent graduates are encouraged to participate in a special ceremony for the Class of 2022. Some of the major sponsors of this year’s celebration are Kimberly Clark Corporation, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Green Bay Packers-Give Back, Community First Credit Union, Walmart, Target Corporation and Wisconsin Public Radio. In addition to the event, AHI will observe the holiday from June 16 through July 4, representing a continuum of freedom. The organization will host The Freedom Series – webinars highlighting topics related to freedom, freedom and Black experiences

“Although Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday last year, it has been celebrated annually in many African-American communities across our country since 1865,” says Dr. Sabrina Robins. “This year marks our organization’s 12th annual celebration in Appleton, and we’re excited to extend the Juneteenth experience through July 4 with a series of virtual seminars.”

About African Heritage, Inc.

African Heritage, Inc. (AHI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of Black and African Americans through community programs, leadership development, and cultural exchange. AHI promotes positive images within the Black community with year-round regional initiatives and local events like the June 19 celebration. The organization was formed by a group of individuals of African descent from the Fox Cities and was officially registered in July 1998 as a non-profit organization based in Appleton, Wisconsin. To learn more about AHI, visit https://www.africanheritageinc.org/.

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