The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning an inaugural city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2022, in the capital city of Trenton. As a Collaborative, we endeavor to be “more than just a festival,”. The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health, and wellness, entertainment, and sports. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity, and education. We are working closely with the City of Trenton and other partners to ensure public safety.

Although the weekend will center on contributions of African American people in our region, we invite all communities and groups to join us. To that end, we have been extremely busy mobilizing partners over the past six months. We have received commitments from the City of Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, the Mercer County Park Commission, the Outdoor Equity Alliance and the Center for Child and Family Achievement. We believe that the inclusion of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds promotes unity.