Juneteenth Celebration planned in Clinton
The Clinton Martin Luther King. Jr. Committee is pleased to announce the annual Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Clinton Bandshell in Riverfront Park. Admission is free and all are welcome to partake in the family-friendly festivities which will include free food, music, and children’s activities. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Joe O’Donnell Sports Center at 585 South 8th Avenue.
Attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs to enjoy a formal program which will take place from 1 - 1:45 p.m. The program will begin with an invocation from the Rev. Dr. Nathanael Johnson, Sr. Music will be provided by Manuel James and the Second Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team. The keynote speaker will be Dr. William Woods. Dr. Woods is currently the Lead Faculty of the University of Arizona Global Campus. He was awarded the 2018 Peace and Justice Award in 2018 and the City of Clinton Human Rights Award in 2012.
Children are invited to participate in activities such as an obstacle course, arm painting, kids’ yoga, a boxing demonstration, a “Touch a Truck” display, and assorted games. There will also be a station for kids to get fingerprinted for personal ID cards. These activities will be available before and after the formal program.
Sponsors of the event include McDonald's, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, Fareway Foods, Stubblefield Sound Systems and Grill, Clinton Walmart, NelsonCorp Wealth Management, ACE Hardware Clinton, and Clinton Community College Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troop’s arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday. The official Federal Holiday is June 19th. This year Clinton, Iowa will be celebrating on Sunday, June 19, 2022, however, the Federal Holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20, 2022.
The Martin Luther King, Jr Committee is a collaboration of local entities promoting peace in the community including the YWCA Racial Justice Hallmark Team, the Clinton Human Rights Commission, Sisters of St. Francis, the Discovery Center, Clinton Peace Coalition, Clinton Community College Diversity Team, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton, Clinton Public Library, and Clinton First Responders (Clinton County Sheriff Department, Clinton Fire Department, and Clinton Police Department).
For more information about the Juneteenth event, please contact Mardell Mommsen Flippen at 563-244-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-336-3907, email email@example.com or contact the college nearest you and ask to speak to an advisor.
- Clinton Community College, 563-244-7000
- Muscatine Community College, 563-288-6000
- Scott Community College, 563-441-4000
It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.