SIU to commemorate Juneteenth through arts, partners with community

June 09, 2022

SIU to commemorate Juneteenth by way of arts, associates with neighborhood

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois College Carbondale will commemorate Juneteenth by internet hosting a distinctive exhibition, presentation and reception that includes Nigerian-born artist Adedayo Laoye and his functions, together with a gospel sing. SIU is also collaborating with a number of local community partners to current a vast range of gatherings. All of the functions are free of charge and open up to the general public.


Media Advisory

Paul Frazier, SIU’s vice chancellor of anti-racism, diversity, fairness and inclusion, and Charah McKinzie, coordinator of the Black Source Center, are obtainable to communicate to reporters, photographers and information crews about the importance of Juneteenth and other linked subjects. Frazier can be arrived at at [email protected] or 618-453-1186. Contact McKinzie at [email protected] or 618-453-3470.


Acclaimed artist

“People, Spots and Items: Artwork Speaks to Everyday living, The Works of Adedayo Laoye,” an exhibition featuring the artist’s paintings, will be on display screen at the College Museum in Faner Hall from June 14 to July 30. Laoye will communicate at the museum at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, with a reception that working day set for 4-7 p.m.

Adedayo-sm.jpgLaoye, an internationally recognized artist, was lifted in the Yoruba culture and his hanging artwork reflects the inspiration he draws from his upbringing. He was born in Ede into the royal loved ones of Oba Adetoyese Laoye and commenced drawing at a young age. He examined the arts at Yaba College of Engineering in Lagos, Nigeria, and Howard University in Washington.

Now a Chicago resident, he paints largely still daily life, portraits and landscapes that take a look at the themes of African natural beauty, Yaruba tradition and other factors of his daily life.  

Blended voices

There will be a major gospel sing at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the University student Heart Auditorium. Every person is invited to sign up for in an afternoon of new music.

The University Museum, the Black Source Middle and the Workplace of the Vice Chancellor of Anti-Racism, Equity, Variety and Inclusion are sponsoring the occasions on the SIU campus.

Group occasions

The Juneteenth group calendar of situations also incorporates:

  • Monday, June 13, 5 p.m. – March down Most important Road from Rock Hill Baptist Church to Woodlawn Cemetery and then returning to Rock Hill via Walnut Avenue for a system showcasing Marlene Rivera and Troupe.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. – Panel discussion, “The Busine$$ of Ballin’” at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, situated in the University Mall.
  • Wednesday, June 15, midday – Juneteenth Lunch and Understand at the Carbondale Civic Center with displays by Anna Jackson, English lecturer at SIU SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane and Lorie Crenshaw Bryant, attorney and director of the SIU Students’ Legal Assistance Workplace.
  • Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. – “King Richard” film exhibiting at the Carbondale Tremendous Block, concessions grounds open up at 7 p.m., and the film starts at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17, 3-8 p.m. – Block Social gathering at the Eurma Hayes Center parking large amount and Birch Road.
  • Saturday, June 18 – Parade with lineup at 9:30 a.m. with kickoff at 10 a.m. The parade starts on North Washington Road at Jackson Street, moving to James and Thelma Walker Avenue to Wall Road. Dorothy Lewis, a longtime Carbondale resident, is the grand marshal, and afterward, there will be pursuits for all in Attucks Park.

Partnering to identify the Juneteenth holiday are SIU Carbondale, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, the city of Carbondale, the Carbondale Park District, the Black Chamber of Commerce of Southern Illinois and the Carbondale Department of the NAACP.

Kenneth Proto

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