The mission of Juneteenth Lehigh Valley (JLV) is to acknowledge the end of slavery in the United States, to celebrate the fortitude of African Americans who endured the ills of slavery, and to educate the general population specifically younger cohorts about the significance of this day.
The event aims to contribute to the Lehigh Valley’s various festivals that highlight the diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where all its citizens can thrive. To commemorate the end of slavery – Juneteenth, June 19, 1865 by offering a Valley-wide annual celebration and educational experience. The event promotes the historical information of the day and includes contributions from other communities whose foundation embraces abolitionism. This family-friendly event houses various activities and performances that uniformly projects a “Love ALL of America” theme. The event also provides a platform for contemporary expressions of celebration and pride.
1. Create an organization that will oversee the annual event and ensure perpetuity for future generations.
2. Develop and coordinate an event that will contribute to the Lehigh Valley’s objective of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where its citizens can thrive.
3. Commemorate the end of slavery – Juneteenth, June 19, 1865 by offering a Valley-wide annual celebration.
4. Develop educational experiences directed towards adults and K-12 students, i.e. creative ethnic storytelling and a Historical Menu and Tasting.
5. Feature various performing artists that illuminate the contributions of African Americans to the fabric of this nation.
6. Showcase small business owners that offer products that are culturally based and food truck vendors that provide ethnic-based cuisine. This event will introduce many small business owners and food truck vendors to the Arts Quest organization.
7. Foster collaboration among private and civic organizations within the Lehigh Valley, Air Products, the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, the African American Business Leaders Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Arts Quest, the African American Coalition of Easton, the Office of Multicultural Affairs of Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, Faces International, NAACP – Allentown and Easton Branches.