June is a beautiful month for the Black community.

From Black Music Month to Juneteenth, June is the month that the African-American community chooses to celebrate openly and widely throughout the country.

Don't get it twisted though, we celebrate our Black pride daily.


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Sit back and relax for a little history lesson!

Juneteenth is the REAL independence day for the Black community in a sense.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture says that

Juneteenth marks our country's second independence day. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.

If you want to learn more about Juneteenth, here are a few books you can read.

Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam Vol. 4

Justice 4 All
Justice 4 All

The 4th annual Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam is back in Grand Rapids on June 19th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM a Calder Plaza!

It is all about celebrating Black culture, arts, entertainment, and our collective experience!


Justice 4 All
Justice 4 All

Hosted by Brandon Queshawn and Magic 104.9's Lisha B, there will be plenty to experience, including live performances by local artists, businesses, and DJs.

In celebration of Juneteenth, there will be plenty of Black food vendors and businesses to buy from.

Do not worry about needing to pay because the jam is FREE to the public. This celebration is all about celebrating Blackness!


Justice 4 All
Justice 4 All

You can get a taste of what you missed last year and what to expect this year below.

For more information and details of the Juneteenth Jam Vol. 4, visit Justice 4 All's website.

Outdoor Games, Gear, and Equipment You Can Rent for FREE From Grand Rapids Gear Library

Not too long ago, Grand Rapid Parks and Recreation added skateboards to the Thrive Outside Gear Library. Did you know about all the cool stuff you can rent for free? Just about anything you'd need for a camping trip you'll find in the Gear Library at Roosevelt Park Gym, plus team sports equipment, clothing, picnic supplies, even gear for cold weather activities too! The Gear Library is located at the gym at Roosevelt Park at 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW in Grand Rapids. The library is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

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