The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning an inaugural 3-day, city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the capital City of Trenton. As a Collaborative, we endeavor to be “more than just a festival,”. The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. We are working closely with the City of Trenton and other partners to ensure public safety.
Day 1 - Friday, June 18, 2021 "Kickoff Event" at the Trenton War Memorial
The event will include recognition of members of the community, cultural performances, elected officials, dignitaries and various representatives of local community organizations highlighting the history of Juneteenth and the contributions of African Americans in the United States.
Day 2 – Saturday, June 19, 2021 (activities in multiple locations including Mill Hill Park and Warren and Front Streets (blocked off)
Day 3 - Sunday, June 20, 2021 Gospel Concert at Mill Hill Park
We invite all communities and groups to join us. To that end, we have been extremely busy mobilizing partners over the past six months. We have received commitments from the City of Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, the Mercer County Park Commission, the Outdoor Equity Alliance and the Center for Child and Family Achievement. We believe that the inclusion of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds promotes unity.
The Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization, which started in 2014, led to the creation of an even larger, more inclusive entity to serve the residents of Mercer County and beyond. In the spring of 2016, the Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization, along with community-based support and sponsorship evolved into the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC). As serendipity would have it, on June 19, 2017 the AACCofMC was recognized as a non-profit and granted 501(c)(3) status by the federal government.
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The Let's Ride Campaign will focus primarily on communities of color. During this pandemic, we have seen the most significant number of COVID-related deaths in communities of color. In the most recent data of COVID-19, African Americans are 16% of COVID-related deaths while only 13% of the American Population.
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