Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Every June, hundreds of thousands of people across the country gather in the streets of their cities to celebrate.
The Juneteenth holiday was brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. For decades, this annual celebration has provided a backdrop for paying tribute to our community’s rich heritage.
This year, the streets of downtown Kansas City will come alive once more with fascinating sights, vibrant sounds of talented artists and musicians, and smells of famous, home-style barbeque. We can’t think of a better opportunity to reunite with fellow Kansas Citians and make some new history.
Blue KC is a proud supporter of this event!
Nurses from Blue KC’s Care Management team will be at the Blue KC booth on June 19th from noon to 4 p.m. at the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District conducting free blood pressure and BMI health screenings. Visit JuneteenthKC for more information about the event and activities.