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Olivet College Vice President and Dean of Student Life Linda Logan, Ph.D., (left) and Gospel Choir Director La’Rae Trice (right) congratulate two of the Juneteenth essay contest winners, Yashua Robinson (second from left) and Myles Pope (second from right).

The 24th annual Lansing Juneteenth Celebration continues this week, and Olivet College is proud and excited to be part of the festivities.

This afternoon, the Lansing City Hall Kick-Off Program & Reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and will include special recognitions, refreshments and entertainment by talented performers and presenters. Michigan legislative members, Lansing public officials and area community leaders will be in attendance. Olivet College Vice President and Dean of Student Life Linda Logan, Ph.D., will deliver the welcome. Everyone is invited to attend.

The celebration continues with the Freedom Festival on Friday, June 16 at St. Joseph Park, opening at 3 p.m. Entertainment will start at 5 p.m. and a commemorative ballgame with special tribute to the Negro League will follow at 6:19 p.m. After the game, there will be more musical performances. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Olivet College admissions representative, Jamilia Johnson, and Olivet College Gospel Choir Director La’Rae Trice, And if you’re interested in an OC Gospel Choir Talent Scholarship, La’Rae will be conducting on site auditions!

Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. with the African-American Parade, starting at Letts Community Center. Watch for Olivet College in the lineup! The Peace Walk and performances will follow at 12 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. And the Freedom Festival at St. Joseph Park will be in full swing all day and evening. Events at St. Joseph Park also include food and merchant vendors, children’s activities, a health fair and educational exhibits.

Olivet College is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Lansing Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration is a project of Progressive Empowerment Education Resource Services (PEERS) 501(c)(3), headquartered at Mask Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Dean Linda Logan, Ph.D., serves on the PEERS board.

Learn more about event details, including the musical lineup.