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Happy Juneteenth!

In celebration of Juneteenth 2022, Penn State and the State College NAACP are offering a variety of events:
A block-party style festival — "Reflections of Black Experiences: Voices of Freedom Through the Ages" — hosted by the State College NAACP, the Penn State Center for Performing Arts, and the MLK Plaza Committee, will be held noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, on the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, Fraser Street, downtown State College.
The event will feature musical performances by Grammy-nominated artist Ronnie Burrage, The Byrne Lovett Jazz Band, Eric Ian Farmer, and more. Black vendors from across the state will offer a variety of merchandise, jewelry, clothing, and art. Come sample delicious cultural dishes including authentic Nigerian and Caribbean cuisine.
And there’s more—including films, a Palmer Museum of Art tour, and a juried arts and crafts exhibition.

Find out about all the events here: Juneteenth holiday celebrations offer events, resources for campus and community | Penn State University (

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Find out more about the history of Juneteenth including a reading list, activities for children & youth, and a social media toolkit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.

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