Events

Monday June 13

Proclamation & Press Conference

The Press Conference will be the Kickoff event in Celebration of Juneteenth and Unity Week. The event will feature a reading of General Order No. 3, as well as an opportunity to introduce Juneteenth with the local community.

Roundtree House
   1710 Buena Vista Road

10:00 AM (Gates open at 9:30)

Wednesday June 15

Oral History Experience

Join us as we provide a night where guests will rotate through multiple (oral) Grio presentations on the African diaspora and its impact in our own community. Live musical performances will user you through presentations all throughout out the library. A night of history and creative fun for people of all ages.

Mildred L. Terry Public Library
   640 Veterans Parkway

6:30 PM

Thursday June 16

Celebration of Arts and Fashion

Join us at 5:30PM for a visual illustration of African American influences in art & fashion. Join us as we provide education and an opportunity to celebrate our cultural influences in these disciplines. Tour a Clothes Story, a visual timeline and exhibit honoring some of Columbus most influential pioneers. Explore artistic presentations from some of the Tri-Cities most talented artists.

Columbus Public Library
   3000 Macon Road

5:30 PM

Friday June 17

Food Truck Friday at Columbus Civic Center

Enjoy a variety of lunch options with various cultural food trucks to refuel you for the rest of the afternoon!

12:00 PM

Springer Opera House Presents: The Color Purple

This glorious musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel spotlights Celie, a young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of an epic story. With a joyous Tony Award-winning musical score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope and the healing power of love. Produced on Broadway by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, THE COLOR PURPLE is a triumphant theatrical treasure.

Purchase Tickets

7:30 PM

Saturday June 18

Jubilee Day: Columbus Civic Center

From Diaspora to our DESTINY, don't miss the Festival Day of Jubilee on Saturday, June 18th, 2022!! This day will include a variety of fun activities for the entire family! Starting with a work-out session on the back stage to get everyone up and moving, then leading into a FUN-Filled basketball completion: 3 point shoot out, ultimate game of HORSE; and Master Dribbling Challenge! All day the Juneteenth stage will host spoken word, drama presentations, and awesome Kid performances. BOOK ZONE, KIDS ZONE and Rolling Video Games, there will truly be something for everyone!

9:00AM - Community Workout at Civic Center Amphitheater

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Basketball Competition for all Ages

12:00PM - Jubilee KickOff!

Sunday June 19

Juneteenth Praise Fest

This will be an afternoon of praise and worship on Sunday, June 19th, from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM in recognition of Juneteenth. The event will feature spiritual music, food vendors, and an afternoon of fellowship with the local community. The program will include musical performances by local church entertainers that have preregistered. It will also include Food Vendors with African American themed cuisines.

2:00 PM

Monday June 20

Day of Celebration and Service

Juneteenth Historic Sites Family Bike Tour. Join us for an educational ride in downtown Columbus along the Black Heritage Trail led by volunteers from Bicycles Columbus. Please have your bicycle in good working order and all attendees must wear a helmet. Lunch will be on your own as the group will stop at Banks Food Hall before continuing the tour. Ride will be at “party-pace”.

Registration Details

9:30 AM

Wednesday June 29

Dragonfly Trails Mural Unveiling

On Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 AM celebrate Columbus' inaugural Juneteenth Unity Week & Jubilee with a mural unveiling at the A.J. McClung YMCA on the Dragonfly Trails. Renowned artist, Ernel Martinez, worked with the local community and YMCA campers to create a mural honoring civic leaders and artists that shaped Columbus' history. The mural aims to inspire the youth to achieve greatness while adding vibrancy along the MLK Jr. Trail. The mural is a partnership between Dragonfly Trails, YMCA, Columbus Consolidated Government, Columbus 2025, Synovus, and the community, and will adorn the facade of the A.J. McClung YMCA, named after the honorable A.J. McClung who served as the director of the first black YMCA in the United States.

9:00 AM