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Everything Juneteenth ...

Hello Evanston!

This is Kemone Hendricks of Evanston Present and Future with your Evanston Juneteenth update!

Get ready for our Juneteenth live-streaming weekend Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m and Saturday, June 20 at

6 p.m. and decorate your car for the Sunday, June 27 for a Juneteenth car parade that will begin at 10 a.m.

Purchase merch.

So many great Juneteenth celebratory and commemorative items available for purchase here.

Everything you need to know about Evanston's Juneteenth celebrations can be found here:

Tribute to Hecky Powell

On Friday evening during the livestream, there will be a tribute to Hecky Powell who was a huge proponent of Juneteenth. It is with tremendous sadness that we celebrate Juneteenth without him.

To participate in the tribute to Hecky, click here. Then, record your video and submit!

Dramatic reading of the play Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward

On Saturday, June 20 at 6 p.m. tune in to Dear Evanston's Facebook page to watch a Zoom dramatic reading of Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward directed by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's artistic director Tim Rhoze and performed by professional actors and community members. The play a reverse-minstrel show/comedy/farce featuring Black actors in white face (and one white character) was written in 1965.

The play depicts chaos descending on a typical southern town when the Black people—whose work makes the whites’ privilege possible—fail to show up for work. It's over-the-top humor provides sharp commentary on systemic racism in 1965 ... and is still relevant today.

Juneteenth pop-up shops

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 12 at Jamaica Good to Go

Come out Friday, June 12th 5pm-7pm to Good To Go Jamaican Restaurant, 711  Howard Street, in support of Juneteenth and Black businesses.

We will have available:

*Juneteenth yard signs *Black Lives Matter Jewelry & Key chains For questions please visit:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday June 13 at YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, 635 Chicago Ave. (bring your kids)!

*FREE books from Young, Black & Lit. (While supplies last) *Juneteenth yard signs *Black Lives Matter Jewelry

*AND some amazing YoFresh food and sweets of course!

Calling Evanston businesses!

All Evanston businesses are encourage to participate in the celebration of Juneteenth, America’s true Independence Day: the emancipation of Black people in America.

Please print this sign and display it at your business so your customers can scan it and get more information about Evanston’s Juneteenth Celebrations!

Visit the website at to learn about Juneteenth, how you can participate and support links to many resources.


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