The 43rd Anniversary Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo is gearing up for June 16 and 17. Yasmin Young was on hand at City Hall for the raising of the Liberation Flag to kick off Juneteenth. Watch the video and get the schedule of Sankofa Days events here!

 

Sankofa Days
Sankofa means "to go back and get." Juneteenth uses this time to reflect on issues that affect the community.

Sankofa 2018
Preparing to Receive The Generational Torch

Friday, June 8

11:30am -12:30pm
Niagara Square
Liberation Flag Raising Ceremony – Juneteenth festival invites the community to come out and help open up this year’s activities.

6pm – 10pm
515 Main St
WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc presents a membership and open city exhibit on artwork that reflects “Going Back in our History, Fetching what is Necessary, and Returning to meet the Future”. There will also be live music from FragranceandJuan Cosmic Energy. An ADULT evening of networking, art, music and inspiration before the Juneteenth weekend.

Saturday, June 9

1pm – 4pm
Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
641 Masten Ave

Getting the Community Healthy: Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually. Presentations designed for youth and adults Yoga with Taminka, Healthy Life Habits with Dr Frances Ilozue, Holding on Under Pressure with Kelly Showard, Good Mental Health Strategies with Erin Ross, A Sense of Good Spirit for Everybody with Dr Maat E. L. Lewis and Marcus Garvey Science Activities with Kaleidoscope Competitions. Youth led discussion on the significance of “Wakanda” and the consciousness moment generated by the movie, Black Panther.

Monday, June 11

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Frank E. Merriweather Jr Library
1324 Jefferson Ave
African Conscious workshop - Know Thyself! Ancient Egypt and The Human Spirit -Dr Maat E. L. Lewis gives a first hand account of her professional studies and her recent trip to Egypt with a Kemetic point of reference.

Tuesday, June 12

5:30pm – 8pm
Main Street Gallery

515 Main St
Join The African American Key Bank Business Impact and Networking Group (KBING) as they host the Small Business Seminar for those who want know, start, and grow their own business. Presenters will come from Key Bank, Pathstone Business Enterprise Center, Excelsior Growth Fund, ECMC MWBE, Jump Start and the United States Small Business Administration.

Wednesday, June 13

6pm – 8pm
African American Cultural Center
350 Masten Ave
21st Century African Arts and Culture in Buffalo
Join African American Cultural Center, Media specialist -Sandy White, Artist -John Baker, Juneteenth Festival, Kwanzaa Committee, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
We will watch the Lift Every Voice and Sing- Visit Buffalo Niagara and build a strategic vision for building on our legacy and preparing the next generation to inherit and expand on our cultural gifts.

Thursday, June 14

5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Landmark on Pearl
318 Pearl St
JUNETEENTH FUNDRAISER & POETRY EXPLOSION
“Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”
A pay as you can fundraiser featuring the best in spoken word Artists as well as refreshments and the Crowning of the Malik and Malika (Youth King and Queen) for Juneteenth 2018 !

Friday, June 15

6pm – 10pm
Main Street Art Gallery
515 Main St
One Man Art Show with John Baker
“Art of The Man Reflection”

5:30pm -7:30pm
Martin Luther King Jr Bust at Martin Luther King Jr Park
Praise and Worship Service with Anita “Razor Sharp” Williams

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