Participants will be able to learn about a portion of the community’s past and celebrate this weekend during the annual Juneteenth Community Festival.
The 23rd annual event starts with the Juneteenth Gospel Fest at 7 p.m. Friday. After the Gospel Fest is the film, “The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington. HandsOn Kansas State is again sponsoring this free film at the Larry Norvell Band Shell.
The annual parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Manhattan Town Center and ends at City Park. After the parade, there will be a proclamation from the mayor and other speakers, as well as a scholarship presentation, children activities, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and car show.
There will be entertainment as well. This year will feature the ABC Boys Club Drill Team, Kansas City Kansas Gateway High Steppers, a rap performances, step show performances by Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta and Phi Beta Sigma, a Latin Motion Dance Company performance and more.
On Sunday, the Riley County Genealogical Society presents a free lecture, “140 Years of Soul: African-Americans in Manhattan, Kansas 1865-2005” by Geraldine Baker Walton, at 2 p.m. in the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. It took two and a half years for the news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863, to reach all of those enslaved. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free.
Here’s a look at other area events.
Shriners Gala Days 2012, June 14 thru 17 at the Clarion Hotel. Featuring a Masquerade Dance from 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. Donation fee is $10. The Imperial Deputies Banquet and Ball is from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Donation fee is $35. The Shriners will also be participating in the Juneteenth parade with their clowns and cars. These events are hosted by Fayum Temple #209 and Fayum Court #192, Oasis of Manhattan Desert of Kansas. For tickets to these events, contact Joe Barner at (785) 220-2029.
Three of a Kind, 6 p.m. Meadowlark Hills.
Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires, Oh My! 7-9 p.m. An evening of some of our favorite monsters. Games and activities focusing on Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires for teens. Manhattan Public Library.
Manhattan Arts Center’s Experimental Theatre Workshop for High School Students, 7:30 p.m. A theatre experience you won’t find anywhere else through a performance written and performed by students. The play reexamines stories you already know, but in a way you’ve never experienced before. Whether the show is inspired by a fairytale like Cinderella or a violent pillar of the Western cannon like Oedipus Rex, you’ll find moving bodies, powerful voices, intense whispers, comic moments, terrifying revelations, and deep passion in every performance. Experimental Theatre Workshop is sponsored by Philip and Jeune Kirmser, Briggs Auto and Mary Elizabeth and Tom Atwood. Tickets: $6 adults, $3 students. This is not suitable for children. For tickets and more information, call 785-537-4420.
Jazz in June featuring the Kansas State University Jazztet, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25. For information, call Darchelle Martin (785) 532-7442. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.
Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.
Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.
Governor Brownback’s Flint Hills Freedom Ride along the Native Stone Scenic Byway, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The ride will begin at the Capital in Topeka at 8:30 a.m. and end in Wamego with a presentation honoring the veterans and troops at 1:30 p.m. Stops are encouraged in Dover, Eskridge, Lake Wabaunsee and Alma. The goal is 1,000 bikes.
Visit KSOutdoors. com/FlintHillsFreedomRide for information.
Book signing for “My Dream to Trample AIDS” by Don Carrel, 2-5 p.m. Carrel is a former resident of Manhattan. The book recently won an International Book Award for 2012 Bluestem Bistro.
Arts in the Park presents the Daddy Mack Blues Band, 8 p.m. Memphis Blues at its best. Free. Larry Norvell Band Shell.
Three of a Kind, 9 p.m. Bubba’s.
Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.
Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.