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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Community entertainment planned for Juneteenth festival

Auroville – The African American Family and Cultural Center is hosting the 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday.

“We are inviting everyone to come out to celebrate independence with the AAFCC with education, music, dance, food and lots of community family fun,” said Sissy Smith, assistant director.

The festivities begin with a three-on-three basketball tournament for youth and adults from 8 a.m. to noon at Oroville High School, 1535 Bridge St. To register in advance, call 530-532-1205 or simply show up to play that morning. A taco truck will serve up free tacos in the tournament.

The tournament is called “The First Annual Tavian McCarter Basketball Tournament” and is being held in honor of Tavian McCarter, son of AAFCC director Tiffany McCarter.

“Tavian used to play for the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) in Butte County. He cannot play anymore due to serious health problems, but we are hoping that he will be good enough to come out and start the tournament, Smith said.

Festivities will continue from 3 to 7 p.m. later in the day at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2921 B St., in Burlington Avenue. This free event will include information booths from local service agencies, arts and crafts vendors, food booths as well as water slides and bounce houses for kids. Live entertainment includes performances from Splic the Groove and The Everyday People, Lauren Zimmerson, Victoria Knighton and Josh Edwards, as well as performances by the AAFCC dance team, Dance Divers.

“We have about 50 vendors with 10 food vendors serving barbecue, fried chicken and fried fish, sweet snacks, hot dogs, fruit and tacos,” Smith said.

Retail vendors of lotions and body products, jewelry, clothing as well as other accessories at education vendors including Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, Stonewall Alliance Center, 6th Street Youth Center, Heaven of Hope on Wheels, Amla Health, Feather River Recreation and the Park District Will be included. , Auroville Chamber of Commerce and Auroville Association of Realtors, among others.

“We will have a lot of kids activities including an obstacle course. We are also hosting a chess tournament for youth and adults,” said Smith.

“Juneth” is a combination of two words: “June” and “19th” and is a federal holiday commemorating the liberation of enslaved African Americans. On June 19, 1865, Union troops led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the war was over and that all slaves were free.

The holiday is considered “the longest-lasting African-American holiday” and has been called “America’s Second Independence Day”.

“We hope people will come out to share the fun. This is a free event. Free, free, free including smoking and drugs,” Smith said.

The AAFCC Juneteenth celebration is sponsored by Oroville Hospital, First 5 Butte County, Butte County Behavioral Health, Community Organized Relief Efforts, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Feather Falls Casino.

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