By Tatiana Krisztina
Juneteenth Events and Celebrations on Long Island 2022
FAMILY REUNION: EDUCATE, CELEBRATE, HEAL AT ROOSEVELT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Talk about the significance of Juneteenth, freedom post-Civil War, the power of the Black family, and the need to connect to your roots. Roosevelt Public Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave., Roosevelt, rooseveltlibrary.org. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. June 16.
SOUTHAMPTON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Featuring keynote speaker A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground and great-great granddaughter of CJ Walker; a flute performance from Dwayne Kerr; Stephen Sylvester Rum Punch Mafia; and Halo A Capella ensemble with additional discussion “Race and Real Talk.” 245 North Sea Rd., Southampton, saamuseum.org. Free. 6-8 p.m. June 17 and 12-5 p.m. June 18.
FILM: JUNETEENTH TRIBUTE TO THE HEROES OF BLACK MUSIC
Rare footage of performances of the most iconic Black musicians of all time. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead, suffolktheater.com. $15. 8-9 p.m. June 17.
AFRICAN AMERICAN NIGHT CELEBRATION: JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Music hosted by Nassau County and the African American Museum. Part of the Lakeside Theatre Concert Series. Eisenhower Park, Field #6, 1899 Park Blvd., Westbury, theaamuseum.org. Free. 8-10 p.m. June 17.
JUNETEENTH OBSERVATIONS – SYLVESTER MANOR ON SHELTER ISLAND
A 90-minute historic walking tour about the enslaved and free people of color of Sylvester Manor. Attendees are encouraged to bring and leave tributes at the Burial Ground in commemoration. Not recommended for children under 12 and no pets allowed. 80 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, sylvestermanor.org. Free. 12-1:30 p.m. June 18.
RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Join the East End Voter Coalition and the Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force for music, refreshments, and an inspiring guest speaker: Vanessa Williams, the Manetuck Elementary School Principal. Also enjoy performances by the First Baptist Church Liturgical Dancers and Tiajuana Fulford of the Butterfly Effect Project. 330 Court St., Riverhead, riverheadlibrary.org. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. June 18.
Join in celebration of Juneteenth! Stop by the preserve’s table in front of the main house for some fun activities and crafts. Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, nymetroparents.com. Free. 1-3 p.m. June 18.
JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL POP UP SHOP
Support local small businesses with music, food, vendors, and entertainment. Free parking. Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave., Amityville. Free. 1-6 p.m. June 18.
AN ORAL HISTORY PERFORMANCE WITH ATIBA WILSON
Atiba Wilson, a poet, flutist, and performance artist, will tell the history of Juneteenth through song, music, and spoken word. Register on the Long Beach Public Library website. Long Beach Public Library, 111 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, longbeachpl.com. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. June 18.
ELMONT MEMORIAL LIBRARY – CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH AT THE DISCO
Live in the library theater. Featuring Jerome “City” Smith & the City Sounds Music Ensemble. 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, elmontlibrary.org. Free. 3:30 p.m. June 18.
SOHO IN SUFFOLK JUNETEENTH BRUNCH, DAY PARTY & POP UP SHOP
Prix-fixe brunch menu with your choice of entrée and bottomless drinks. Entertainment provided by a live DJ. Shop and support Black-owned businesses by shopping for jewelry, apparel, skincare, and more. Soho in Suffolk, 407 Middle Country Rd., Coram, sohoinsuffolk.com. $20-$45. 12-3 p.m. June 19.
SECOND ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Food vendors and music to celebrate the history and impact of African American culture. Hicksville LIRR Station, 125 W. John St., Hicksville. Free. 12-5 p.m. June 19.
ELMONT’S ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Celebrate rich Black culture through food, fun, entertainment, live music, live performances, and more! There will be a bouncy house, a game truck, Tik Tok recording mirror, double dutch, line dancing, free haircuts, and so much more! The People Gatherer, 545 Elmont Rd., Elmont, nymetroparents.com. Free, Advanced registration required. 3-8 p.m. June 19.
BLACK WOMEN IN MEDIA JUNETEENTH: CELEBRATION OF LIBERATION
Award ceremony honoring Brenda Simmons, Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, and Robin Brown with Black-owned shopping, beachside performances, open bar, and exclusive tour of Southampton African American Museum. Must RSVP through Eventbrite. Southampton, blackwomeninmedia.com, $100-$3,000. 5-10 p.m. June 19.
Features remarks by Attorney General Letitia James and a keynote presentation by Bishop Andy C. Lewter, of the Hollywood Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral. The event will also include musical performances by Elder Jeff Roberson and the NULIFE singers. Elaine Gross, President of Erase Racism, will be receiving the Ronald Manning Award from the Suffolk County African American Advisory Board and the public will have the opportunity to view the historical exhibits. Two food trucks (Hush Truck and Off the Bone) will be onsite featuring African American cuisine for attendees to purchase. H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20.
-With Shara Levine, New York Family
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