COME CELEBRATE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY.

The Women Of Purpose Of Johnson County and Merrill Companies (Prairiefire) are excited to host this special event for the citizens and visitors of Overland Park, Kansas!

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Overland Park, Kansas

Our 2024 theme for Juneteenth Overland Park is “Let Freedom Ring.” These words are found in the American patriotic song “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831. The song lyrics were updated to an abolitionist version mentioning white and black races by A. G. Duncan in 1843. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired to include the famous words “Let Freedom Ring” in his historic “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963, which was 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 98 years after June 19, 1865, the day that inspired Juneteenth.

EVENT OBJECTIVES

UNITE

Bring people of many cultures, backgrounds, languages, races, and differences together to celebrate, acknowledge, and honor our humanity.

EDUCATE

Give more people an opportunity to learn about Juneteenth and why it’s important to our collective community.

CELEBRATE

Celebrate our continued growth, resilience, strength, and progress as a diverse community when we move forward together in unity.

JUNETEENTH

combines the words June and nineteenth.
It became a federal holiday in 2021.

On June 19, 1865 Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to officially free enslaved people in the state.

Many people, especially Black and/or African-American citizens, celebrate Juneteenth. In 2021, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law, making it a Federal holiday. 

Slavery officially ended in the United States on Dec. 6, 1865, when the 13th Amendment was ratified by three-quarters of the then-states — 27 out of 36 — and became a part of the United States Constitution.

MR & MISS JUNETEENTH 2024

The Juneteenth Overland Park Committee is excited to open an opportunity for high school students to compete for the title of Mr. & Miss Juneteenth! 

CONTACT US

EMAIL
JuneteenthOP@gmail.com

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