Events Chicago: Chance the Rapper hosts Juneteenth holiday 2022 BBQ at DuSable Museum, festivities kick off at St Sabina Church

CHICAGO (WLS) — It’s been a day of celebration through song and dance.Smiles were plenty at St. Sabina Church, remembering the day in 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

“This is a day of sacrifice, this is a day of revolutionary love and joy, this is a day of Black people turning up the notch and making Black people free, this is about justice for all of us,” said activist Marc Lamont Hill. .”It’s just a time to come out and celebrate African-American culture and what it truly means to have been liberated and to be free,” said Pablo Ortiz, who lives in Connecticut.

The DuSable Museum is holding a Juneteenth BBQ and block party, amplifying Black voices. Good conversation, music, food and more are happening at the newly renamed “The Du” in honor of Juneteenth on Sunday.

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Chicago native Chance the Rapper is hosting the event that is filled with something for the entire family.

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There will be horseback riding for kids, a quilting exhibition and concert from 11 am to 8 pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago.

“It’s a lot going on!” Chance said. “We wanted to keep it going this year and give our people an opportunity to connect. The fact that it’s on Father’s Day allows us to appreciate Black dads, and we’re in a place where Black people in America and globally just need spaces to be together.”

Swayne Roland, an Elite Chicago mentor, spoke about the holiday’s importance.

“We do focus on black girls. Seeing that we are Black women, we just want to make sure that we give girls an opportunity to focus on their blackness. Juneteenth is a great opportunity. Everybody’s coming out. It’s a nice day,” said Roland.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday for the first time last year. Attendees hope its recognition will continue to grow.

“We’re glad. At least it’s finally being acknowledged,” said Tammy O’Neal, who lives in Chicago.

“I don’t think a lot of people knew about Juneteenth in general, but now that the awareness is out there and the whole positivity as far as the African-American experience, and how much contribution that African-Americans have done to this country As a whole, it’s just good to finally recognize it,” said Greg Shuford, who lives in Hyde park.

Chance the Rapper is also in attendance. He was visiting with families earlier and is taking pictures.

Both he and Vic Mensa, another local artist, will be performing at the DuSable Museum Sunday night.

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