15 June 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Crossroads Park, Bellevue

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on 19 June in the United States. The day commemorates the day in 1865 when Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people in Texas were free, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The celebration of Juneteenth has roots in African American communities and has been observed since the late 1800s. It is a day to remember and honor the struggles and sacrifices of African Americans in their continued fight for freedom and equality. In 2021, President Joe Biden declared it a federal holiday in the United States.

This year Eton School and The Little School are honored to host the second annual Juneteenth Community Celebration designed to center, celebrate, and support Black voices and businesses. Free and open to the public, this event is on Saturday, 15 June, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Crossroad Park in Bellevue. 

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Kouyaté Arts is an interactively intriguing and amazing experience of the arts, music, dance, culture , and life of the people of West Africa. https://www.kouyatearts.com/

ADEFUA Cultural Arts Workshop

When one thinks of Cultural Arts in the City of Seattle, one must think of ADEFUA. Since1984, ADEFUA has provided an ongoing existence, presenting West African Culture at its best! Adefua offers year-round cultural programs with authentic, inter-active learning of African drum, dance, and song. This combination of culture-in-performance and arts-in-education is presented by an authentic interactive traditional African dance company called Kouyate Arts. The base group of performers are teaching artists and educators.

Adefua Cultural Education Workshop (ACEW) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is committed to developing and maintaining relationships with community agencies, cultural councils, school districts, scholars, parents, and education-focused organizations. The vast degree of relationships formed over the past 35 years have been used to maximize ACEW’s ability to preserve and share African traditions as well as deliver messages that are relevant to modern struggles. All presentations are suitable for the entire family. Creating opportunities is a means for building capacity, which is; key to Adefua.

Please join us in keeping history alive! We are available in the following ways:

Kouyaté Arts (Performance Company)

AFRICAN ARTS FOR ALL TO SEE, Music and Dance Education (Schools, Community, Private)

Arts Resource Fair, Southeast Seattle

The Odunde Festival: An African Harvest Celebration (Fundraiser and Recital)

The Adefua Board (We would love your time with us!)

For more information, contact Afua@planetafua.net.


 

Danae Howe

Danae Howe grew up surrounded by music, playing piano, string bass, and singing. In addition to playing in school ensembles, she played in the Capital Area Youth Symphony (Olympia) and was selected for the Washington All-State and All-Northwest Choirs and Orchestras. She went on to the University of Washington on scholarship to be in the symphony, chorale, and jazz choirs there, while also singing and playing pop, jazz, and gospel music around Seattle. For over a decade, Danae lived in Los Angeles working as a studio musician, performer, vocal coach, and music instructor. She wrote a book about vocal improvisation and currently sits on the Seattle Symphony Board of Directors.

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Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner started playing piano at the age of 12 playing soul, jazz, and gospel. As a lead vocalist, he has performed in several of Seattle's best clubs and festivals. He is a 3x platinum producer mostly known for working with E-40, B-Legit Feat featuring Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates), and the R&B group, The Eriam Sisters. Kevin's music as an artist and producer has also been featured in major films and television such as: Antoine Fuqua’s The Replacement Killers, Ice Cube’s Dangerous Grounds, Marlon Wayans’s Senseless, Tom Green’s Road Trip, and the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).


 

Party with DJ Tone 

DJ Tone is a member of Chicago’s premier “SpinBrothas DJs” (LLC), heard on Rockford’s (IL) FM 103.7 Da Beat. As a digital Disc Jockey, DJ Tone constantly develops his original music style through a seamless transition of popular songs. Each event is customized by our musicologist, who will research your music choices and compose a playlist to enhance the ambiance of your event. We specialize in Nonprofit Events, Banquet Dances, Wedding Receptions, Youth Fundraising Activities, Outdoors Festivals, Reunions, School  Club Parties, and your Birthday Party!

https://www.facebook.com/PartyWithDjTone

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BlackStar Kebab

Starting out as a labor of love in our kitchen, BlackStart Kebab is our dream come true. Our traditional Ghanaian family recipes are made with pride. Our healthy, high-quality, organic food is our passion. Every menu item is made with the highest standards, and we think you will agree that this is some of the best food in the Northwest. Our truck operates at premiere locations throughout the Seattle area. We are also available for catering and parties.


https://www.blackstarkebab.com/


 

Swagg-n-Wagon

Swagg-n-Wagon is a family-owned business by husband and wife Cliff and Monique Gatterson. They have been in business for six years and serve the community the "best fried chicken in the Northwest." 

Fun Fact: Swagg-n-Wagon was voted in the top 5 must-try food trucks in Western Washington in 2023 (King 5).

Swagg-N-Wagon | FOX 13 Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBrGahLgz2s

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April Showers Gift Baskets & Flowers

April Gill-Davis is a Seattle Native, founder, and creative director of April Showers Gift Baskets and Flowers. She has owned and operated her business for over 20 years. April began her journey in the floral industry by providing what she calls "A Beautiful Arrangement of Sticks" for her local church. She then pursued an education in floral design. 

https://www.aprilshowers-flowers.com/

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Bee's Roots & Remedies

We provide both herbal and energetic healing with our current lineup of four reikl-charged tea blends. Utilizing sustainably sourced herbs, each of our teas is formulated to address daily concerns like fatigue, stress, anxiety, menstrual cramping, and inflammation while employing the healing properties our ancestors cultivated these plants for.

https://www.instagram.com/bees.rootsandremedies/


 

Bridging Legacies Across Campuses

The mission of Bridging Legacies Across Campuses is to foster connections, revive relationships, and bring together Students Of Color with their alma maters in a manner that is compassionate, empathetic, and embracing.
 
Looking forward to connecting.
 
https://www.bridginglegaciesacrosscampuses.org/

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The Bright Lights

At The Bright Lights, we believe that individually, each of us can make a difference, and together, we can impact the world. Our Black woman-owned business creates bracelets that remind the wearer that they are priceless, are connected to the best in themselves and one another, and proactively invest in the best for the world. Each bracelet directly advances the work of civil and human rights nonprofits, is curated with ethically sourced demi-fine materials, and is handcrafted (primarily in the U.S.) with love. For each bracelet sold, 10 percent is donated to human and civil rights nonprofits.

https://wearethebrightlights.com/

 


 

Brown Family BBQ Sauce 

Brown Family’s Original BBQ Sauce was first created in 1987 by Richard Brown Sr.—called Rick or Ricky by his friends and family. In 1977, Rick moved to Seattle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and started using the BBQ grill more often so he could cook delicious meals for his loved ones. Rick refined his special BBQ sauce and started using it during family BBQs. Soon, he started feeding the entire neighborhood as well! Eventually, Richard Jr. took over the recipe and started hand-bottling their special family BBQ sauce. That’s when the idea for Brown Family Company was born!

https://brownfamilycompany.com/about/

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Chaztown Jerkey

Chaztown Jerky was created to separate itself from other brands by providing a product that is not only premium but truly a healthy treat. Once you take one to two bites, there is no turning back! I am a Veteran, certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NAVOBA). Additionally, I am a minority, small business owner, certified through the Office of Minority and Woman’s Business Enterprise (OMWBE).

The two flavors that Chaztown Jerky offers are Baby’s Breath and Dragon’s Breath.

https://chaztownbeefjerky.com


 

HABIT Apparel by TLLC

HABIT Apparel is a Black and Native owned company featuring social justice designs created to unite us as communities across this nation.

https://habitapparelbytllc.storenvy.com/

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Ideas by CeCe

CeCe has over 14 years of experience coordinating and facilitating small and large-scale parties and events (graduations, birthdays, baby showers, cultural celebrations, etc.). If you don't have the time but want a memorable event, call Ideas by CeCe and set up a consultation. Have you ever been to a kid's birthday party when you don't have any kids? Well, each year, CeCe has a party where there are just as many adults as there are kids.

https://www.ideasbycecellc.com/

 


 

M. Curry Designs

As a mural artist, my mission is to create impactful cultural art that not only beautifies the community but also serves as a source of inspiration and empowerment. I believe that art has the power to bring people together and to spark important conversations about social and cultural issues. Through my work, I strive to give a voice to marginalized groups and to tell stories that might not otherwise be heard.

In addition to creating visually striking works of art, I am deeply passionate about community engagement and strive to involve local residents in every aspect of my mural-making process. Whether through workshops, public art walks, or other interactive events, I strive to create opportunities for community members to connect with my art and with each other.

My goal is not only to create striking works of public art but also to use art as a means of fostering a sense of community, promoting social cohesion, and inspiring people to think critically about the world around them.

Overall, my work as a mural artist is about creating a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable world through art.

https://www.mcurrydesigns.com/

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Moon Muse Studio

Pacific Northwest native and Afro-Latina watercolor painter, Rebecca Garcia delves into themes of sensuality, nature's allure, and the timeless beauty of diverse human forms, both with her paintbrush and in her band, Todo Es Latin Jazz. Finding that connecting with others through artistic expression is an unparalleled joy and passion. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonMuseStudio?ref=shop_sugg_market


 

Noire Essentials Candle Co.

Noire Essentials Candle Co. embraces the essence of home and aims to elevate your living space through the transformative power of scent. Inspired by travel, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and redolent botanicals in our founder’s garden, each fragrance is meticulously crafted to bring you closer to nature with every burn.

https://noireessentials.net/

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NW Legacy Tees

Our shop has something for all.  Rooted in the Pacific Northwest our clothing and gifts are sure to become a favorite with your family, friends and home.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/nwlegacytees/?etsrc=sdt


 

People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) Seattle

People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) Seattle is a consortium of independent schools in the Northwest that strives to connect, empower, and strengthen Black, Indigenous, and people of color by providing opportunities and programming for education, growth, and community engagement. Their website serves as a hub where people of color can find DEI-focused programming, admissions information, job postings, community events, and networking opportunities within independent schools.

https://pocisseattle.org/

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Pride Across the Bridge

Pride Across the Bridge is a non-profit serving East King County's 2SLGBTQIA+ community through sharing vetted resources and offering an array of different events to connect our queer neighbors. Our vision is to facilitate a better supported and deeper engaged life for our queer community close to home where our voices have power in local discussions, and our different events create lasting connections between us.

Check out our events at https://www.prideacrossthebridge.org


 

Quinn Miller Murphy

Quinn Miller Murphy holds a Master of Science degree in Education and has found her calling in a lifelong dedication to working with kids. Quinn's educational background and personal experiences deeply influence her writing. She firmly believes that children possess an incredible capacity to grasp and engage with complex themes and ideas. Quinn's upbringing in a mixed-race household has instilled a profound appreciation for the harmonious blend of food and family. Through her work as an editor and author, she aims to bring laughter, curiosity, and a sense of wonder to children everywhere. Quinn lives in her beloved home state of Washington, and her favorite dish to prepare is ratatouille.

https://www.quinnmillermurphy.com/

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Something Black Made (SBM)

Founder and creative director Habib "Beeb" Kebbeh is the mind behind this inspirational brand. Beeb's vision for SBM is to inspire others to pursue their dreams and become successful producers rather than just customers. "We are more than ball players, athletes, and musicians." It is about creating, building, and passing on ownership to the next generation. Beeb believes that these are ways to build generational wealth and bridge the racial gap.

https://somethingblackmade.com/

 


 

Sunflower Soul Apothecary

Sunflower Soul Apothecary carries a diverse range of handcrafted natural soaps, organic herbs, healing crystals, and aromatic essential oils and incense. Their products are thoughtfully made and curated to nourish your body and uplift your spirit.

https://www.instagram.com/sunflowersoulapothecary2/

 

 

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Tea Moss Shop

Tea Moss Shop LLC is a Sea Moss business birthed during the 2020 Pandemic. Sea moss contains 92 of the 102 vitamins, minerals, and elements that benefit the body. As a company, we strive to provide delicious and impactful products that benefit the entire family. All of our products are infused with Sea Moss and provide benefits that assist in boosting the immune system, provide a natural form of energy, aid digestion, reduce inflammation, improve hormonal health, and provide a good source of vegan collagen. We source our Sea Moss from the clean and beautiful waters of St. Lucia in the Carribean and pride ourselves in direct farm-to-table relationships. One sip of our drinks and taste of our gels will have you reaching for more!

https://www.teamossshop.com/


 

Wolf Delux

Malcolm, also known in the art community as Wolf Delux, is a street artist, clothing designer who was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

https://www.instagram.com/wolfdelux/?hl=en

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