Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which became official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

This year marks the 37th year of Buffalo's Juneteenth Celebration, the theme of which is "Breaking The Invisible Chains." The People's Station 93.7 WBLK is proud to celebrate African American independence.

2012 Juneteenth Activities

Juneteenth Festival, Inc.

AKA Juneteenth of Buffalo

P.O. Box 412 Ellicott Station   Buffalo, New York 14205


Headquarters:  1517 Genesee Street, Buffalo, New York   14211

Telephone 716.891.8801

Breaking the Invisible Chains

Event:  37th Consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo

Date:   Saturday, June 16th & Sunday June 17th, 2012

Place:   Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Mark your calendars now!!! Don’t miss out!!!

Saturday Schedule: June 16th


 Praise & Worship 9:00 a.m. – 11:00

 Juneteenth Parade

Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp from the corners of Genesee & Wende

 proceeds down Genesee into MLK Park.

                                    Followed by Festivities in Park until 8:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: June 16th & 17th:

The Art Chalk Walk: 

Saturday, June 16th:  Girls Basketball Showcase.

  Sunday, June 17th:   Girls and Boys Basketball Showcase.

Sunday Schedule: June 17th


Praise & Worship 9:00 a.m. – 12:00noon

 Followed by festivities in the park until 8:00 p.m.

*Festivities include: Entertainment stage, Arts and Culture stage, Vendor’s Market, Food Court, Health Pavilion, Healing tent, Family Portrait Booth, Book Fair, Historical exhibits, Re-enacting historical events in history, Children’s Activities, Girls & Boys Basketball Showcase, Youth Activities, Underground Railroad Tours and more!

Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend for the entire family! The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY is the third largest in the country. Its mission is to “actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole.”


                              Pre - Festival Events

Saturday, June 9th:  “GiT On Da Bus” Juneteenth Festival Headquarters – 1517 Genesee St.

 Meet at 3:30 p.m.    Bus leaves at 4:00 p.m.   Returns 7:00 p.m.

A journey to many important sites in the city with storytelling at each site.

Sponsor by theTradition Keepers.  For more information call 716-883-4418

Saturday, June 9th :  Youth Activities:  June – Teen Talk Forum:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

@ the Buffalo Museum of Science.   For more information call 716-891-8801.

Friday, June 15th:  Prayer, Praise, and Worship: at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  Fillmore Street (In front of the Martin L. King Jr. Bust)

Sankofa Events 

                                                    Go Back, Fetch and Return

Focus: Saying No To Slavery:  Now and Forever

Saturday, June 9thSay No To Slavery  

6:00-8 p.m. at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan

Remembering our Ancestors and Receiving the Message From Our Elders

Sunday, June 10th:

RasTa:  A Soul’s Journey (Film) presented by Donisha Prendergast

 Granddaughter of the King of Reggae Bob Marley and Rita Marley

  from 6–8:30 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue

Monday, June 11th:  Free and Progressive Africa in the 21st Century

6:00-8 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue

Africans in Buffalo, give their view on history of various African Nations.  Find out what’s going on now in Africa and how it connects with America.

Tuesday, June 12th: Cultural Open Mic Night   6:30-9 p.m. Second Cup Café, 36 Broadway Liberation lyrics,  poetry, spoken word and expressions of freedom

Wednesday, June 13th:  Black Social Workers  6:00 – 8 p.m.

Gateway Longview Family Recourse Center,  3475 E. Ferry Street.

Presenting:  The New Jim Crow – people not understanding the law and social system.

Thursday, June 14th:  Jamaican American Association  6:00 – 8 p.m.

Jamaica 50th Anniversary of Independence, History of Jamaica

African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue

 Friday, June 15th:  MAAFA: 6:00 – 8 p.m.  Juneteenth Headquarters ,1517 Genesee Street

 to Dusk, then assembly at Broderick park “foot of Ferry”  for MAAFA (memorial and healing ceremony for our ancestors who were affected by the slave trade and the upheaval of pre-colonial African society).

Friday, June 15th:  Juneteenth Social  8:30 – 10 p.m.  At the Big 6, corner of Fox and E. North

A meet and greet of local and out-of-town participants of Juneteenth Festival.

For more information contact Ras Jomo at 716-948-5738 or email accesstoafreeka@hotmail.com

2012 June – Teen Activity Schedule

June 9: Saturday:  June – Teen Talk Forum: Diva’s for Christ/Teen Girl Motivational Workshop 11 – 1:00 p.m. @ the Buffalo Museum of Science (Yager Room).

For more information call 716-891-8801.

June 9: Saturday: Hands on Science Workshop: 11 – 1:00 p.m. @ the Buffalo Science Museum (Cummings Room)

June 9: Saturday: Job Readiness Skills: 1:00 – 3:00  p.m. @ the Buffalo Science Museum

(Yager Room)

June 10: Sunday: The New Generation/Global Workshop – 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. @ the

Buffalo Museum of Science (Cummings Room)

June 10: Sunday – Youth Activities: Teen Talk Forum @ the Buffalo Science Museum (Cummings Room)

June 16 & 17: Sunday and Saturday: Youth Adventure: 11:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Behind the Casino @ MLK Park

June 17th: Sunday: June-Teen: Live play at 2:00 p.m.

 Talent Show from 4:00 p.m. 6:00 pm: Location: back of the Museum of Science.

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                                         MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

June 16th,  Saturday: 2:00 – 2:45pm  -  Kenny Berry;  3:00 – 4:00pm  -  The Intruders;

4:15 – 5:15 pm – Rey Scott;  5:30 – 6:30 pm - Juanita Simmons;  6:45 – 8:00 pm – Will Holton

June 17th, Sunday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Kissena;  2:15 – 3:30 pm – Larry Salter’s Big Band;

3:45 – 5:00 pm Al Ferguson;  5:15 – 6:15 pm Old School B-Boys;

6:30 – 7:00 -  New Beginnings; Unity Band 7:15 – 8:00 Finale.

Underground Railroad Tours -  June 16th , Saturday/ June 17th,  Sunday   

Time: 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm,  Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore

Sponsor: Juneteenth Festival Inc.

Health Fair  -  June 16th and June 17th:   -  Time: 12:00  Noon – 6:00 pm

Location:  Vendors alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive

Children’s Activity Tent:  June 16th & 17th   Time: 1:00 PM to 6::00 PM. 

Location:  Tennis Courts.

Book Fair:  June 16th and 17th   Time:  4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust on Fillmore Street.

Arts & Culture Stage:  June 16th & 17th  at Fillmore and Parade Streets

Heritage Tent: June 16th and June 17th   Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.   Times: from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Family PhotosSaturday, June 16th   Time:  1:00 - 6:00 pm /Sunday, June 17th 1:00 -6:00 pm  Location:  Fillmore Street.   Sponsor:  Locust Street Art Program

African Drum and Dance:   Sunday, June 17th

Time:   Drum Class - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Dance Class from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Location:   Near Tennis Courts