In Darrell Smith’s opinion, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes the unity of the country but hasn’t been promoted very much.
That is why he and some community members are organizing the Juneteenth Festival, which will take place at John Todd Park on June 19 from noon until sunset.
Smith said multiple food vendors will be available, including Ms. Lil’s Fish, Maries’ Soul Creations and his business, Smitty’s & Co. There will also be live music, games and giveaways provided.
Organizations and businesses will set up informational booths, Smith said. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will help people register to vote. New Mercy Outreach, a nonprofit foster care network, is going to provide information regarding the process of becoming foster parents.
The festival is presented by Smitty’s & Co, Shirley A. Foundation and True Ballah Entrtprises. Smith said he hopes it will develop into an annual event, especially after not celebrating last year.