JuneteenthKC celebration to unfold virtually this weekend

The recent protests nationally and locally raising awareness of social injustice – combined with the COVID-19 pandemic – have made this a unique year for JuneteenthKC, according to The Kansas City Star.

Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is an unofficial American holiday celebrated annually in the U.S. on the 19th of June. It commemorates Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19. 1865, proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were now free.

JuneteenthKC program director Makeda Peterson said interest in Kansas City’s celebration has exploded, with the website attracting thousands of new visitors each week, according to The Star. “We’ve definitely seen a boom,” she said.

The pandemic forced JuneteenthKC to cancel its annual festival at the 18th & Vine Jazz District, but Peterson has converted the celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States into a big, mostly online experience, The Star reported. Some smaller, in-person Juneteenth events are slated for the weekend, but JuneteenthKC is the city’s oldest and biggest.

The 2020 JuneteenthKC program began June 1, and dozens of educational and community events are running the entire month. The largest chunk will take place June 20, one day after the official holiday.

To review the complete JuneteenthKC schedule of events, go to https://www.juneteenth-kc.com/schedule.

Michael’s Clothing celebrates Father’s Day with a sale

Father’s Day is right around the corner and Michael’s Clothing,1830 Main, is having a sale – $50 OFF any purchase of $150 or more. This includes all in-stock regular priced merchandise. The offer is good through Saturday, June 27.

“A Michael’s Clothing Gift Certificate also makes a perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for guy in your life,’ said Keith Novorr, store owner and Downtown Council member. “We still ask that you wear a mask if you have one while in the store. Just mention this message for the discount.”

The origin of Michael’s Clothing dates back to 1905, when Keith’s grandfather, an immigrant from Odessa, Russia named Michael H. Novorr opened a pawn / men’s clothing store on the corner of 19th and Main St in Kansas City. Over the years, three generations of Novorrs have transitioned the family business into the men’s clothing boutique that serves the Downtown community today.

The Dish to serve up Downtown restaurants Friday

It’s that time again. The Downtown Dish, featuring host Katy Schamberger @katywrites, will serve it sixth weekly course at noon Friday via YouTube.

Join us for the live YouTube event and get the inside scoop on the Downtown KC restaurant scene. Hear from Chef Liz Huffman at The Majestic Restaurant, Chef Anita Moore at Soiree Steak & Oyster House @soireesteakhousekc and David Lopez, general manager of Manny’s and a board member of the Greater KC Restaurant Association. Other featured restaurants on Friday include The Bite (@thebite_kc), Spokes Cafe (@spokeskc) and Charisse (@CharisseKC). And be sure to note our list of Juneteenth @JuneteenthKC celebrations.

The Downtown Dish is brought to you by the KC Streetcar @kcstreetcar, DowntownCouncil @godowntownkc, Downtown Neighborhood Association @dnakcmo,  and Lynchpin Ideas @lynchpinideas.

Friday. Noon. Let’s Dish at https://www.youtube.com/downtowndish

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