JUNE 19, 2023
Knowlton Park, Ellsworth, ME
Everyone is Invited!
Weekend On the Water
Lamoine State Park, ME
Deepening Our Vital Connection between
Nature and Each Other
June 19th Knowlton Park, Ellsworth, ME
Featuring Pihcintu Multinational Girls’ Chorus, Stream Reggae, Chief Oscar Mokeme of the Museum of African Culture, Speakers from the Black community, free delicious foods, hands-on activities for all ages, and more!
Weekend on the Water
June 17, 18 Lamoine State Park, ME
This year Juneteenth Downeast invites people of color to ‘Get on the Water’ June 17th and 18th in order to provide the BIPOC Community and their families, the opportunity to reframe our traumatic history with the sea by having access to 'how to sail’ and ‘how to swim’ courses that will introduce participants to ongoing programs available in the area.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
"After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons. For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and basic dignity. On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas." ~The White House (2022)
KAFARI's music synthesizes his love of ambient piano music, instrumental hip-hop and acoustic percussion. "I hope to facilitate a rejuvenating sonic sanctuary that I and others can momentarily lean on and be recharged by." Through numerous cohesive, mood-setting albums and his intimate live performances, Kafari explores music-making as a balm for the spirit, taking the listener with him on a journey of spiritual discovery and self-healing."
STREAM REGGAE is Maine's premier reggae band offering 100% authentic Reggae music from the heart and soul of the Caribbean. Immerse yourself in our original compositions and enjoy the deep roots reggae, soca, dancehall and zouk styles.
CHIEF NZE (Oscar Ogugua Mokeme) has been educating the communities of Maine and New England about African art and culture and issues of diversity since 1989. A titled elder within the Igbo culture of Nigeria as well as a performance specialist of Igbo masquerade, Chief Nze's work with children and adults combines hands on learning with African objects.