Week of events for Juneteenth unfolded at Central Penn

They were all free to attend and will wrap up on Friday.

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Text by Michael Lear-Olimpi


Photos by Gabryelle Breski


SUMMERDALE – Events designed to inform the Central Penn community and to celebrate Juneteenth have been happening this week on campus.

The events are sponsored by the college’s Black Student Union.

Throughout the week, banners with information and graphics about Juneteenth decorated the college’s historic Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge.

On Tuesday, the “I Am Juneteenth” photo hashtag event was staged in the ATEC lobby. Professor Kenisha Dillard captured short videos of people who stood in front of a Juneteenth-themed backdrop while they held a sheet of paper on which they wrote a hashtag phrase, and said what Juneteenth meant to them, by featuring their hashtag in their description.

Wednesday featured a cooking-with-soul gathering in the Multipurpose Room in Bollinger Hall. A guest talked about preparing a “culturally significant creole meal” and participants savored some good eats.

On Friday, an art show and theater production are being held.

The art show will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the conference center. Attendees will see art on hand from the PAVAA Art Gallery, in Lancaster. Hors d’oeuvres will be available.

From 5:30 to 7:30, John Graves Productions, from Philadelphia, will perform in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre.

The company will present music, dance and theater.

All events are free, for the campus and surrounding communities.

Central Penn will be closed on Monday for Juneteenth.

Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College and editor of this blog.

Breski is president of the club and one of its reporters.