ACCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR
“The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the triumphs of freedom, unity, and progress, honoring the remarkable achievements, sacrifices, and contributions made by Black Americans to this great nation; and It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we recognize the 4th Annual Louisville Juneteenth Festival, an event passionately produced by Black Complex Louisville and ardently supported by its community partners, as the Commonwealth of Kentucky's official celebration of Juneteenth... READ THE FULL ACCLAMATION >
Louisville Juneteenth festival filled with celebration, culture, opportunity for Black businesses
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Hundreds celebrate Freedom Day at Louisville Juneteenth Festival.
“I just think that there’s so much work to be done,” Jordan explained. “I think for Black people, sometimes it becomes kind of complicated to figure out when’s a time to sit in something and appreciate it, and also having the other side that there’s still so much work to do so as Black people. This is just one of those moments I think we should just sit in it and appreciate the folks who did the work for the legislation.”
The Juneteenth Choir kicked off the festival and sang songs of liberation and justice as dozens of Black-owned businesses lined the park... WATCH THE COVERAGE HERE >
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A press conference was held Tuesday to announce the four day celebration of Louisville’s upcoming Juneteenth Festival.
Here's everything you need to know about the four-day Louisville Juneteenth Festival
The 3rd Annual Louisville Juneteenth Festival will take place on June 16-19 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, as well as other surrounding venues, and will feature more than 60 Black-owned businesses, musical performances, panel discussions, networking events, food and much more.
"The Louisville Juneteenth Festival is unique here in Louisville because we're intentional about hiring onboarding vendors, local vendors, local talent and we're intentional about making sure that our region is represented in the production of the global Juneteenth Festival," said Aaron Jordan, the CEO of Black Complex Louisville, a for profit that focuses on entrepreneurship, creatives, professionals, freelancers and business travelers.
Black Complex Louisville have worked to have Juneteenth observed as a holiday since 2020.
“But our work is not over,” Jordan said. “And to that end, we are forging our relationships with lawmakers across the isles to ensure that the Juneteenth Festival will be recognized as not just a Black holiday, but an American holiday.”
This year, the company plan to expand into more events focused on entrepreneurship, equity, and more, the release said.
The third annual Louisville Juneteenth Fest will be held at The Belvedere on June 19.