Juneteenth Plans at First Church

During our worship service on Sunday, June 20th, Rev. Erica’s message will reflect on the words of Rev. Nathan Perkins in his 1812 sermon “The National Sins and National Punishment, in the Recently Declared War.” Refreshments will be served on the Labyrinth following worship.

First Church also will hold a special dedication for Unity Green Sunday at 11:30 am. All are welcome! Contact Barbara Lewis, Judy Schmitt, or Jennifer deSimas with questions. Be sure to join the Juneteenth festivities on Saturday, June 19th: A community picnic, mural unveiling, and performances by local artists and students are among the events scheduled.

West Hartford Juneteenth Run of Show on June 19, 2021

PART 1: COMMUNITY PICNIC/CELEBRATION

10:00-11:30: The Witness Stones Project Installation

11:30: Procession from Cemetery to Town Hall

11:55-12:15: Alvin Carter Jr. and the Friendz of World Music Performance

12:15-12:20: Mayor Cantor Welcome

12:20-12:25: Student Group Performance (Black National Anthem): Kayla Resnisky, Mercedes Roussos, Dominic Roussos

12:25-12:30: DJ Interlude

12:30:-12:45(50): DR. LORNA THOMAS FARQUHARSON & JULIANA FARQUHARSON

12:50-1:10: Hartford’s Proud Drill Team

1:10-1:20: DJ/Hoop & Jump Rope Contests

1:20-1:35: PERFORMANCE: T’CHALLA WILLIAMS

1:36-1:40: Partial Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and names of the enslaved in WH

1:41-1:45(5 mins max): Student Performance by Kayla Resnisky

1:47-1:51 (5 mins max): Student Performance by Timothy Gibson

1:51-2:09: DJ (Hula Hoop and Jump Rope Finals)

2:10-2:34: West End Wiz Bangers

PART 2: MLK JR. CELEBRATION

2:20-2:34: CROWD ENTERS BBS

2:35: MLK JR. Unveiling

2:35: Introduction of First Speaker

2:36-2:41: Meaning of the Mural: Dr. Roszena Haskins

2:42-2:46: Bristow: Dr. Booker Devaughn

2:47-2:51: Getrude Blanks- Ann Marie “Jedda” Williams

2:52-2:56: Judy Casperson-Rosemarie Tate

2:57-3:01: Tammy Exum-Mark Overmeyer-Valasquez

3:02-3:06: CTCNV & Dr. Bernard Lafayette

3:07-3:10: Spoken Word Piece- Geeno Gordon

3:10-3:20: DJ Q-Boogie

3:21-3:29: Soloist, Justin Henry Performance

3:30: Closing Remarks and thanks by Adrienne Billings-Smith and Matt Conway

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