LIMA — The local chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is looking to bring back the Lima tradition of Juneteenth.
Working together with the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima, the Sigma Mu Omega chapter of the sorority plans to organize a day of arts, culture and family entertainment in order to celebrate the news of emancipation spreading throughout the United States in June 1865. The event is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Highlights of the planned afternoon are expected to include live music, spoken-word poetry and children’s activities, as well as opportunities for local partners to present information on education, job training, health, lifestyle and entrepreneurship.
The last Juneteenth celebration was held in 2016 and fell by the wayside due to lack of interest. AKA decided to reactivate the event to emphasize the need for more excitement and energy in the community.
Event organizers are currently looking for sponsors, interested food trucks and booth participants looking to present information on health, wellness, entrepreneurship and employment to the larger community.
More information on the event can be found at www.LimaArtsCouncil.com or at the event’s Facebook site. Those interested in participating in the Juneteenth celebration can contact Arts Council Executive Director Bart Mills at 419-233-3079.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.