Juneteenth Day - Milwaukee
Northcott had to cancel our annual Juneteenth Street Festival Celebration due to COVID-19 this year. In its place we partnered with WTMJ 4 to put together a Virtual Celebration that still honors the meaning of Juneteenth which is to celebrate the day (June 19, 1865), the day the last Black enslaved Americans received word that they were free.
The day will be celebrated all throughout the day on every newscast starting at 4:30am with the history of Juneteenth, videos and interviews with retired Northcott Executive Director - MacArthur Weddle and Northcott Board Member - Ben Johnson.
Former news anchor Bill Taylor will share in his news coverage pieces of Juneteenth over the years as a news anchor covering Juneteenth. You will see the progress of the festival through the years and how it is being envisioned for the future.
There will be scholarships for the youth with a kickoff of the Miss and Little Miss Juneteenth Pageant for young ladies ages 7-18 and new this year, are scholarships for Mister Juneteenth and Mr. Juneteenth jr for males ages 7-18. All scholarships are the youth doing great work in school as well as the community. In addition, there will be an interview with Ms. Milele Coggs, a past recipient of the Miss Juneteenth scholarship who has gone on to do great things for the community.
We will have insight from one of our sponsors, Jacqueline Zeledon from the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), who has been a Juneteenth sponsor for many years. She will share MCTS committment to Juneteenth over the years.
Rounding out the day, will be interviews with the vision of Juneteenth for the future through the eyes of the young leaders in Milwaukee. Interviews with County Executive David Crowley and State Representative Kalan Haywood.