On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Northcott Neighborhood House (NNH) Executive Director Tony Kearney and the Juneteenth Planning Committee hosted the “I Am Juneteenth” celebration kickoff press conference at Northcott, 2460 N 6th St. NNH Executive Director Tony A. Kearney, Sr. announced all of the Juneteenth festivities.
Kearney said, “This year our theme is ‘I AM JUNETEENTH,’ Juneteenth is for everyone, it is American history and today we will be announcing new venues to celebrate during the Juneteenth festivities.”
Juneteenth Day commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The worldwide event, dating back to June 19, 1865, began when the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, TX with the news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free. The Juneteenth Day Celebration in Milwaukee is among the oldest and longest running such parades in the nation and this year marks the 52nd anniversary.
We want all of Milwaukee to learn the history of Juneteenth and that is why we are one of the largest and longest running Juneteenth celebrations in the country, Kerney explained.
This year TMJ4 will be televising live and streanming the Juneteenth Jubilee Parade starting at 9 a.m. on Juneteenth Day and there will be four zones during the street festaval during the festival this year: Kid’s Zone, Senior Zone, Teen Zone and Veteran’s Zone.
Northcott Neighborhood House and the Juneteenth Planning Committee need your presence, support, sponsorship and participation. I am Juneteenth, you are Juneteenth; we all are Juneteenth.