Juneteenth!

8598/A. 10628) designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State. … “I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States,” Governor Cuomo said.

Harlem Juneteenth Walk/Run/Barbecue

Juneteenth Events Today in Marcus Garvey Park

MARCUS GARVEY PARK
East lawn

11AM     Commemorative dance by Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet
Presented by Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage

12-3PM  Faces of Harlem Pop Up Photo Booth * free digital portraits *
                With Freedom Allah – Presented by MMPCIA & Historic Harlem Parks

1230PM Kaydence Music Presents Commander Flame

1PM        Storytime with Harlem Grown & Founder/CEO Tony Hillery

Presented by Historic Harlem Parks

1-3PM    Historic Fire Watchtower Tours with NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers

2PM        Kaydence Music Presents Olivia K / iamchelseaiam / Kristen Joselle
3PM        Seating begins for ticketed guests for Summer of Soul @amphitheater (show 5PM)

Presented by Target in association with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, JazzMobile & Historic Harlem Parks

Renée Watson

I recently came across a profoundly powerful statement wrapped in a simple sentence, on a Harlem bus stop ad box.

It turned out that I had met Renée at the Langston Hughes house when it was operating with the IToo Collective managing the space. For anyone who doesn’t know Renée, here’s the blurb from her site:

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and community activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children’s picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan and New Zealand. Her poetry and fiction centers around the experiences of Black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.