Rain or shine, the Minnesota weather was not going to prohibit The MN Hip Hop Coalition from bringing Edu-tainment to the people of Mankato. This was evident as volunteers showed up 4 hours prior to the event asking what they could do to assist in the set-up process. As well as performers calling to confirm they were on their way, but running a little late due to the rain. Everyone involved from the planning committee, to volunteers, to local black owned business owners, and the artists, were ready to experience a memorable cultural event.
Being able to build upon last year’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration was a major success. This was made possible by individual community members of Mankato advocating for their community. By allowing a space for black owned business owners to come together and share their products and resources with the community, is a major new aspect that was added to this year’s event.
I think it would be fair to say that once TNT Eats pulled up, and the smell of brisket hit the air, everyone knew they were about to be a part of something special as well as authentic.
The cultural event started with DJ AO spinning the 1s and 2s to set the atmosphere for the afternoon. This transitioned to Bukata Hayes, the executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, giving a shout out to all the local businesses that helped sponsor the event (see below).
Next to follow was the continuation of performances by individual artists who are also involved with the MN Hip Hop Coalition:
- Joe Charley
- Phenom Skitz’O
- Destiny Owens (guest speaker)
- Darren Spitiy
- Ms. CoCo
- City Wide Electric Slide
- Cheniqua Johnson (guest speaker)
- Lt. Sunni
- Just Wulf
- Mykal 57
- Carnage The Executioner
Local Juneteenth 2019 Press Coverage:
With over 300 people in attendance, it was clear that the people of Mankato appreciated and respected the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration. From children running around with painted animal faces, to new partnerships and working relationships organically created, Mankato’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration was a success. What was the best part of it, you may ask?
Just like last year, The Minnesota Hip Hop Coalition will be continuing to nurture the Mankato Juneteenth energy so all the wonderful supporters and newly established connections can continue to build and grow together, month by month, throughout the rest of the year!
So the SAME energy we created for Juneteenth the last two years, that brought together a multi-skilled, multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-racial people who are committed to the establishment and development of peace, love, unity, and safely having fun.. is now being put into the next 4 months!
This year, and already on the calendar for Every 3rd Saturday July through October 2019, the focus will continue to be about developing safe spaces and resources for our youth in Mankato. This all ages event series will be aimed at creating "A Unified #SkillDistrict - Mankato", and carrying on the essence of Juneteenth and the energy that WE as a CommUnity are generating for Mankato.. "Leading The Way".
Would you like to get involved with #SkillDistrict Mankato?
Here are some easy ways to get behind an organization that is putting our youth first all while building equity for them.
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- Sign-Up right here to the Hip Hop Coalition for updates. (also super easy right?)
- Start having conversations with people already in your network about how you may want to contribute
- Performer - all ages welcomed to perform!
- Graphic Designer
- Event Volunteers
- Greater Mankator Diversity Council
- African American Affairs at Minnesota State University
- Mankato organizing chapter of the NAACP
- City of Mankato
- Radio Mankato
- Mankato Clinic
- South Central College
- Greater Mankato Growth
- Cub Foods
- Coffee Hag
- Kristen Amberg for her paintings
- First Preysbetrian Church
- Episcopal Church
- Hope Interfaith Center
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