Owensboro Black Expo is hosting their 5th annual June 19th celebration on Saturday, and this year they’re thrilled to add a gospel music factor to the Kendall-Perkins Park events.
Dominique Maddox said that every year Black Expo tries to do something different or bring something new to the table. In regards to planning for this year’s celebration, they spoke to Pastor Dean Hall of Evansville about a collaboration between the chapters in each city.
“He has graciously hosted a late night concert called Gospel Fest which will take place right before the fireworks,” Maddox said.
The fireworks show held at 4th Street Baptist Church has become a staple since Year Two, and this year’s fireworks are funded by Southern Star, one of many partners involved in the overall celebration.
Maddox said their loyal partner Target was one of the main companies to get involved, and Black Expo is grateful that so many other organizations are still looking to get involved.
Maddox said the University of Brescia and a list of other providers are all taking part in the events on Saturday.
Although this is the fifth year of a local celebration, June 19 was only declared a federal holiday last year. Maddox said it’s never too late to find out about Juneteenth or other things.
The local celebration took place after the Black Expo did research to understand the origins of Juneteenth.
“It was us educating ourselves and thinking, ‘We have to get this out. We need to let more people know. Because we knew we weren’t the only ones who didn’t know what Juneteenth was, even though there were other places across the country already celebrating,” Maddox said.
Although the deadline officially passed on Friday, Maddox said he would continue to accept supplier registrations throughout this week as long as they were able to adapt. register, Click here.