A historic event in the City of Santa Monica, A Juneteenth Heritage Celebration, is scheduled to take place on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th Street. Calvary Baptist is the oldest African-American Baptist church in the city of Santa Monica. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Event Overview
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church will host the following ongoing performances and speakers:
Participatory Performances by Daansekou Cultural Arts Collective of Los Angeles (African Drums & Dance Troop), J. Rich & The Free Agents Drumline, and Gospel Line Dancing with Sean Dennis
Musical Performances by Ryann Daniels, the Calvary Baptist Church Choir, Darrel Sims, Synai Obney, Tim Williams & CFC, and Dave Broussard & Friends
Step Shows by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Guest Speakers: Dr. Lance Robert, President of 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Inc., Dr. Naomi Nightingale, Santa Monica Historian and Activist, and Mrs. Laverne Ross, Historic Santa Monica resident & Juneteenth Organizer
Food provide by Food Trucks: I Love Funnel Cakes and Belly’s Sliders & Wings
Onsite Community Vendors including artists, Alva Knowles and Stella Singleton, YM Jewels, Cheryl Manor, SunkistUSA, A Marker Magic, and Elijah’s Pantry

Submitted by Patsy Cobb, Member of Calvary Baptist Church