MTCC marks Juneteenth 2016 as best yet

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Juneteenth 2016 is in the books, and we are grateful to everyone who helped make this our biggest year yet!

Nearly 1,300 people came out on June 18 to the free event, which was the culmination of three days of celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

One of the day’s highlights included a presentation by Bernard Kinsey of the Kinsey Collection about “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History,” in which Mr. Kinsey highlighted rarely taught feats of African American achievement and accomplishment.

MTCC is wrapping up the “African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” exhibit, which is a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. The exhibit closes July 2.

The Kinsey Collection was a focal point of the Juneteenth 2016 celebrations, which included speaking engagements by Mr. Kinsey, a panel discussion of hip hop music’s social implications and the family-friendly street festival.

Attendees on Saturday enjoyed shopping at local food and retail vendors as well as connecting with local nonprofit and community organizations. A free kids zone had inflatables, a rock wall and face painting. Live music by a number of talented performers was scheduled throughout the day, headlined by Grammy-nominated artists Anthony David and Algebra, who delighted the audience with an extremely personable performance.

This year’s Juneteenth event was made possible by the MTCC staff, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Natural & Cultural Resources Council, and numerous sponsors — Bank of the Ozarks, Arkansas Humanities Council, OneBanc, AKA Pearls Foundation, Little Rock Family, Arkansas Talks, Dedjaron D. Dunbar, Milton Shannon, 100 Black Men of Little Rock, Cumulus Stations, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Central High National Historic Site, Entergy, Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, AT&T, Philander Smith College, Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission, Lindsey’s Hospitality House, Walmart (Shackelford and Bowman locations), Kroger (Roosevelt, Beechwood and the Heights) and Cardinal Health.


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