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31st Juneteenth Celebration in Harlem, NYC!



Juneteenth Celebration Harlems NYC

Harlem, a neighborhood with a rich history of Black American culture and activism, recently hosted its 31st Juneteenth celebration. The parade traveled throughout the west side of Harlem and holds its festival on West 116th street in front of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market and beyond.
Juneteenth celebration ArnStar Iesha Sekou Dr Yusef Salaam
Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, has grown into a vibrant and significant annual event in Harlem, reflecting the community’s enduring spirit and resilience. The 31st Juneteenth celebration was marked by a series of events that highlighted African American culture, history, and Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Juneteenth 31st Celebration Dr Yusef Salaam, Iesha Sekou, ArnStar
Political speakers such as Dr. Yusef Salaam of the exonerated 5 from the formerly known “Central Park 5” walk throughout Harlem to celebrate with residents and take photos.
Dr Yusef Salaam at Juneteenth 31st Celebration in Harlem
There were also live performances from rappers Lish 2X, 5ive Mics, light feet dance legend Arn Star, and many others.
Rapper Lish 2X, 5ive Mics, ArnStar, Karti3r at Juneteenth 31st Celebration in Harlem

The 31st Juneteenth celebration was marked by a series of events that highlighted African American culture, history, and achievements. The day began with a commemorative march down Malcolm X Boulevard, where participants donned traditional African attire and carried signs honoring historical figures and contemporary heroes. This parade was not only a display of pride but also a reminder of the long journey towards freedom and equality.

Juneteenth Festival Peace Cafe Float
The Peace Cafe float at the Juneteenth parade
A central feature of the celebration was the historical exhibits and storytelling sessions. Elders and historians from the community shared stories of struggle and triumph, providing younger generations with a deeper understanding of their heritage. These sessions were particularly poignant, reinforcing the importance of remembering and learning from the past.
Juneteenth Festival Harlem vendors

The bean pie is a historical food in the black community started by the black Muslim movement towards better health in efforts to give a better substitution of the sweet potato pie by followers of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

The event also included a marketplace where local artisans and entrepreneurs sold handcrafted goods, African-inspired clothing, and traditional foods. This not only supported small businesses but also highlighted the economic contributions of African Americans to the local community.
Juneteenth Festival for children
The 31st Juneteenth celebration in Harlem was not just a commemoration of the past but also a vibrant assertion of identity and community. It served as a powerful reminder of the enduring spirit of the Black American community and its unwavering pursuits for Freedom, Justice and Equality✊🏾✊🏿
Witnessed By Lish

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