Swope Health is proud to participate in Kansas City’s 2021 Juneteenth Celebrations, including a Juneteenth Family Giveaway and Vaccination Event, the Juneteenth Parade and the Juneteenth Heritage Festival.
The JuneteenthKC organization, a non-profit, describes Juneteenth as the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally Juneteenth is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1864.
JunteenthKC notes that the celebration was brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America. The annual heritage event celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.
Here’s a roundup of Swope Health’s activities in the free celebrations. Join us!
- June 10: Family Essentials Giveaway and Vaccine Event: Held from 4-6 pm on Thursday, June 10, at 8801 Westridge Blvd., Raytown at the Giving Has No Season KC Community Fridge. This event features free food and essentials. Anyone age 18 and older can receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination.
- June 12: the Juneteenth Parade: It all starts at noon Saturday June 12 and runs from Grove Park, then south on Benton to 18th Street through the heart of the historic district. The entire route is a little less than a mile and a half long. The event features floats, cars, parade marchers, bands and welcomes Mayor Quinton Lucas as the Grand Marshall. The event also includes the naming of an honorary Mr. and Ms. JuneteenthKC. Look for the Swope Health mobile dental unit in the parade, and Swope Health booths and games along 18th Street between Woodland and Highland streets.
- June 19: JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival – Starts at noon and runs all day! Held throughout the 18th & Vine Historic District, the festival is hosted by Sean Tyler. Admission is free! Events include: noon, Gospel Jubilee; Youth Zone at the Jay McShann Pavilion; Health Fair at Gregg Klice Community Center; Onyx Art Gallery at the Gem Theater and retail/food vendors, special activities and live performances. Swope Health will offer free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone age 12 and older (anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present).
Learn more about Juneteenth History.