NILES – A group of local businesswomen prepare for an event to promote education and community betterment.
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth We Know Better Project Festival will be held from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at Riverfront Park.
Organized by Ylonda Scott from Ylonda’s Women Business Retreat, Tiara Williams from Tattoo the World, Vanshell Price of Dolls Directors, Marci Taylor from Women Who Boss Up and WSMK 99.1, and Angelena Ellis from Unique Angels and HOPE, the event will feature a line of speakers covering topics from mental health to financial literacy to the art of song and dance, and more. Additionally, food, vendors, and games will also be available.
“We have a live DJ, so we’ll have live music,” Scott said. “We have food. We have dancers and we have a little jump room for the kids to play in, and vendors. We have so many things they can be a part of and get good information.
Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans. On June 19, 1865, word of liberation reached Galveston, Texas, officially ending slavery in the state. Celebrations of the holiday date back to 1866 in some parts of the country, gaining popularity throughout the 20th century. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden named Juneteenth a federal holiday.
With over 29 years of experience and knowledge in the fields of business management and leadership development, Scott hopes the Juneteenth We Know Better Project Festival will raise awareness of the resources and support available to the community and encourage community to get involved. and working together and making it safer, stronger and better for everyone.
“(Juneteenth being federally recognized) means a lot because for so long we’ve had it where people didn’t know our history and even some of us as black people don’t know our history,” said she declared. “So this is an opportunity for everyone around the world to get to know our story, but we’re tagging it a little bit. We’re also bringing awareness; financial literacy awareness and education about domestic violence and gun violence.We want to bring that awareness along with the awareness of our history so that we can change the narrative in our community.