Saturday, June 19, 2021

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

This weekend we will also commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre when mobs of white Tulsa residents burned, rioted and murdered the Black Business District in 1921. To commemorate the celebration of entrepreneurial, we’ve adopted the moniker “Black Wall Street Still Lives”.

Juneteenth Weekend Events–June 18-20

Friday, June 18–Sunday, June 20
GRINDfest at GRIND Coffeehouse

Organized by J Hackett + Bruce Waller Jr., the co-owners of Grind AVL coffee shop and the founders of the Black Wall St. cohort. Sponsored by: NC IDEAExplore AshevilleRacial Justice Coalition, Buncombe County Government  and Pink Dog Creative.

Savagery (A Therapeutic Play) | Fri., June 18, 7 p.m. 

  • Check out a live performance of this anthology-stylemusically-influenced playscripted by local author Nicole Lee

Love Jones Poetry Slam | Fri., June 18, 8:30 p.m.

  • An evening of rhythm, rhyme, food + musicThe top poet will receive a $500 prize package.

Community Awards + Food Around the World | Sun., June 20, 12 p.m. 

  • An awards ceremony for family members, business-owners and nonprofits who demonstrate the values of hustleresilience + extraordinary care. 
  • You can also enjoy food from local vendors offering West African and Jamaican cuisine, along with a seafood boil prepared by Clarence Robinson (AKA the Flavor King). 

Depot Street Dance Party | Sat., June 19, 7 p.m. 

  • A huge dance party featuring main stage performances from DJ Audio + DJ Ayres AndersonCome for the jams, stick around for the DJ battle.

Games Tournament | Sat., June 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

  • Enjoy card games + family friendly activities while munching on offerings from local food vendors. 

Want to get involved with the festival? GRINDfest is actively seeking out volunteers and sponsors for the big day. 

•Aaron Hill will create an original portrait of Nina Simone to be raffled off at the end of day on Juneteenth, Saturday June 19th. Raffle tickets for the original will be available the month before the celebration. 100% of the money raised will be donated to Southside Community Gardens. In addition to the raffle, a print of the portrait will be available for free to any BIPOC coming through the studio June 18-20. Visit @4aronhill on Instagram for more details closer to the event.

•For the month of June, Andrea Kulish / Studio A will donate 5% of all sales to Black Lives Matter.